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Oregon’s Largest Medicaid Organization Hires New CEO 

Health Share of Oregon, the state’s largest Medicaid provider, has tapped James Schroeder, a physician’s assistant and former executive at Kaiser Permanente, to be its next chief executive officer after a search lasting more than a year.

Carbon Tax Fight Looms Over Health Care Bills In Upcoming Session

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Oregon’s legislative leaders aren’t expecting health care to be the wedge issue that divides lawmakers this session.

Lawmakers Push Proposal to Ban All Flavored Vaping Products

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All flavored vaping products may become banned in Oregon, as state lawmakers look for answers to curb nicotine addiction among Oregon’s youth.

Lawmakers Ready Bills On Prescription Drug Prices, Staffing Shortages 

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Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another legislative session starting early next month, hoping to pass bills that would tackle soaring prescription drug prices, staffing shortages and a host of other issues.

Oregon State Hospital Struggles To Keep Up With Patient Demand

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The Oregon State Hospital continues to grapple with delays in admitting patients, even as the state-run mental health hospital stays compliant with a court order requiring timely admission of defendants who need treatment before they can stand trial in criminal cases.

Oregon Dives Into Thicket of Rising Health Care Costs

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The state committee charged with setting the target for how much Oregon’s health care costs should grow took some early steps on Wednesday toward reaching that goal.

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