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House Passes Bill To Protect Immigrants Seeking Health Care

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Oregon lawmakers took swift action to help immigrants get health care and avoid getting ensnared by a new and widely criticized federal rule designed as a crackdown. 

In Short Session, High Profile Bills Can Be A Long Shot

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The dead bills are starting to pile up.

Dialysis Bill Dies, But Lawmakers Won’t Give Up

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 A bill that would have capped the costs of dialysis for patients and insurers has died. But it’s likely to return. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, said she  plans to propose a new bill reining in dialysis costs in the 2021 session.

Exclusive: DHS Got $30 Million For Developmentally Disabled Program; Now It Needs $12 Million To Fix Errors

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A year ago, state legislators approved $30 million to improve a program run by the Oregon Department of Human Services for the developmentally disabled.

But on Wednesday, DHS officials were back before the Legislature, asking for more money.

Speaker Kotek Adds $20 Million to Homelessness, Affordable Housing Proposal

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Speaker Tina Kotek has added $20 million to her proposal to help Oregon cities deal with rising homelessness.

House Passes Online Ban Of Vaping Product Sales

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The Oregon House passed a bill on Tuesday that bans online and telephone sales of vaping products.

Oregon Bill Targets Wages, Working Conditions In Long-Term Care Industry 

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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill focused on wages, benefits and working conditions in the long-term care industry, which has a high turnover rate. 

Canadian Drug Import Bill Fails To Gain Traction In Salem

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A legislative proposal for importing wholesale prescription drugs from Canada has died -- for the second time.

House Bill 4147 was effectively killed by House health care leaders who did not put it on the committee agenda. 

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Rein In High Insulin Prices

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Oregon lawmakers are looking for ways to keep insulin prices in check for patients who need the drug to stay alive.

Vaping Lobby, Public Health Officials Clash Over Flavor Ban

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Oregon lawmakers faced their first resistance on Thursday to a proposal that would ban flavored vaping products in response to thousands of vaping-related illnesses and dozens of across the country.

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