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Walkout Jeopardizes Millions of Federal Dollars For Mental Health Care

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Oregon may have to exit a federal project that has expanded access to behavioral mental health services in mostly rural communities if the Republican walkout continues through the rest of the session.

Governor Announces Coronavirus Response Team As Epidemic Fears Grow

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Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced the creation of a coronavirus response team to coordinate the state’s preparations for a possible outbreak of the respiratory disease in Oregon.

Oregon Announces First Case Of Coronavirus

Oregon announced its first case of coronavirus on Friday evening, becoming the last state on the West Coast to have at least one infection. There are multiple cases in Washington state and California but the source of the infection in this case, like two in California, is a mystery.

Senate Republican Walkout Casts Uncertainty Over Fate Of Health Care Bills

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Before the Republican Senate walkout on Monday, legislators were zipping through several health care bills.

Youth Share Ideas To Tackle Mental Health Issues Amid Fears of Medicaid Funding Cuts

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is concerned that the Trump administration’s push to transform Medicaid into a system many fear would gut the safety net that helps youth with mental health needs.

Lawmakers Lobby Behind Scenes To Push Universal Health Care Through Senate

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It’s up to senators in Salem to decide whether voters should have the final say on making affordable health care a state right. 

Oregon Struggles Amid Drug And Alcohol Addiction Crisis, Experts Say

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Oregon has one of the highest drug and alcohol addiction rates in the country. But the solutions will not come quickly or easily.

Oregon House Moves to Ban Underage Sales Of Kratom, A Botanical Used For Pain Or Fun 

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Oregon lawmakers want to regulate the sales of kratom, an unregulated drug made from tree leaves native to Southeast Asia that some people take to ease pain or to get high.

Should Universal Health Care Be A Right? Oregonians May Have Their Say

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In a year in which universal health care is front and center on the political stage, Oregonians may get to cast a vote on the issue in November.

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