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Officials: Oregon Reaches ‘Watershed Moment’ Of Pandemic

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The end of mask mandates in most public places marks a new chapter of COVID-19 as state officials retool their approach. 

How Hospital Worker Felony Assault Bill Fell Victim To The Short Session 

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Interviews shed light on how the House passed a bill with stiffer penalties for assaults on health care workers, but supporters’ last-minute efforts failed in the Senate. The bill had sparked concerns it would cause further criminalization of mental illness.

Legislature Passes Bill To Expand Health Coverage For Oregonians Beyond Pandemic 

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Lawmakers want the state’s post-pandemic health care reset to include a new plan for the working poor — including 55,000 people about to be kicked off the Oregon Health Plan. 

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