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Governor Mandates Face Masks But Not Enforcement

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“Moving to a mandate instead of an advisory is stepping things up although at least so far, it just seems to be a change in language rather than a change in de facto enforcement," a health care advocate says.

After Rising Discrimination, Lawmakers Tackle Bill To Protect The Medical Rights Of People With Disabilities

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The pandemic has laid bare a problem in Oregon hospitals: People with disabilities suffer discrimination in hospitals to the point that they’re not always given access to the full gamut of medical care. 

State Insurance Regulators Extend Parity For Telehealth But Critics Say That's Not Enough 

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Oregon is extending telehealth regulations that eased access during the pandemic until Dec. 31. But advocates and providers want them extended six months beyond that to give lawmakers time to enact a permanent change.

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