The Legislature’s two physicians are backing legislation that would further increase access to birth control, pushing Oregon further to the forefront of women’s reproductive healthcare.
The state of Oregon projects that about 23,000 Oregonians in the healthcare industry could lose their jobs as result of the Republican healthcare bill, filling a critical hole in the analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.
Providence Health Plan has threatened to pull out of the state health insurance market if they are forced to cover abortion services, citing First Amendment rights in an effort to block a bill that requires coverage of abortion and other reproductive health services with no additional cost-sharin
The Oregon Health Authority wants Oregon hospitals to step up their data reporting to include information on emergency department visits, but the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is fighting the legislation.
Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, has introduced two of her own pharmaceutical price reform bills into the Senate, keeping pressure on the Legislature to do something about the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs in case similar legislation falters in the House.
An animated Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler added his voice to the chorus of Oregon Democrats who are appalled by the Congressional Republican healthcare plan, arguing that attempts to slash funding for Medicaid would devastate local organizations that use federal funding to provide behavioral health
The House Health Committee passed two of Rep. Rob Nosse’s bills on Monday -- sending to the floor a bill that would simplify name and gender changes on state vital records for transgender people, and another that permits nurse practitioners to perform vasectomies, improving access to the family-planning procedure.
Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Pendleton, has introduced two bills that are designed to improve public policy at the intersection of healthcare and corrections, allowing the physicians of prison guards to get information about HIV exposure and closing a loophole to require health insurers to cover medical costs for juveniles held on bail.
Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has asked the Oregon Health Authority to negotiate with representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness if the state agency wishes to give more power to coordinated care organizations to manage psychiatric drugs.
Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, introduced his comprehensive drug bill to the House Health Committee on Friday before a packed room of insurance company and pharmaceutical lobbyists in high-priced suits.