A divided House Health Committee passed a bill on a 5-3 vote to make it easier for people to dispose of excess medications, in an effort to curtail the opioid epidemic and to prevent drugs from contaminating the environment.
The Oregon House unanimously took up House Bill 2882 on Monday, requiring that each coordinated care organization put a dentist from a dental care organization on its governing board.
The House narrowly passed a bill 36 to 22 on Wednesday to protect patients from getting huge, surprise medical bills when they unintentionally and/or unexpectedly receive care from a provider not covered by their health insurance plan.
Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, is supporting legislation that would promote primary care innovations in statute and requires Medicaid plans and health insurers to spend 14.4 percent of their budgets on primary care.
Rep. Bill Kennemer, a Canby Republican, is backing legislation that would give his old profession of psychology a greater role in solving the mental health gaps in Oregon, by allowing them to prescribe psychotropic medications for their clients.
House Speaker Tina Kotek wants to rein in the high costs that Oregon hospitals charge to provide healthcare for state employees and instead to peg the cost to twice what the federal government is willing to pay through Medicare.
The House unanimously passed legislation Wednesday morning to better regulate pharmacy benefit managers, giving enforcement powers to the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, designed to ensure the PBMs act lawfully and treat pharmacists fairly.
Portland-area coordinated care organization FamilyCare is trying again this year with legislation to pry open the secrecy surrounding the methods that the Oregon Health Authority uses to set rates, which have repeatedly produced payment levels for Medicaid that are the lowest in the state.
The House Health Committee passed a heavily watered down bill to curtail excessive opioid prescriptions, caving to pressure from the Oregon Medical Association.
Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Sen. Lew Frederick, both Portland Democrats, are back again this year to close additional gaps in the state’s mental health system.