A group of AIDS survivors and people living with HIV want a law forcing health insurers and the Oregon Health Plan to cover procedures that treat the side effects of their illness and medication, including the atrophy of fat cells in some parts of the body and the growth of fat cells in others.
Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, has introduced a bill that would force large employers that have full-time employees on Medicaid to pay a penalty to the state that will offset the state’s cost of providing the Oregon Health Plan.
The Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday designed to protect corrections officers from exposure to HIV or Hepatitis C, but discussion around the bill may have sensationalized the risk of acquiring these diseases.
While the House Health Committee considers a bill to help pay for mass vaccinations for meningitis outbreaks on college campuses, the Senate Health Committee debated three vaccine-related bills that public health advocates say could lower the immunization rate and erode herd immunity.
Oregon’s Pacific Islander community won a special health insurance program last year that provides basic health insurance at no cost to low-income islanders, but it came with one serious shortcoming -- it doesn’t cover dental care.
Salem Health and Asante Health System have made a last-ditch appeal to kill a bill to expand services at ambulatory care centers, in an apparent attempt to prevent competition.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s healthcare overhaul has hit a jam in Congress, as he appears unable to craft an Obamacare repeal that will please both conservative hardliners and more moderate Republicans whose House seats could be at risk in the 2018 midterm elections.
A bipartisan group of senators voted 19-8 on Thursday to raise the tobacco age to 21, matching the age of purchase and sale for alcohol and marijuana in Oregon.
The Republican health bill up for a vote in Congress tomorrow could come down hardest on seniors and people with disabilities, cutting $150 million from state programs and capping the amount of money the state can spend on long-term care services.
Patient advocates have put forth a proposal that would require health insurers on the insurance exchange and in the employer market to design at least a quarter of their health plans to use only predictable copayments for prescription drugs rather than requiring consumers to pay coinsurance or face a deductible first.