People who wish to participate in a state advisory council focused on behavioral health may soon not have to pick up the tab for travel to all those meetings in Salem under legislation proposed by Pam Martin, the director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Addictions and Mental Health Division.
A bill to close down Cover Oregon and roll the remaining responsibilities for the state health insurance exchange into the Department of Consumer & Business Services should head to the Senate floor as early as next week.
The Oregon Dental Hygienists Association is pushing two bills intended to clean up bureaucratic snafus and ensure that the liberal scope-of-practice given to hygienists under Oregon law in 2011 can work effectively in dental practices.
An easy, relatively new test has the potential to greatly increase the number of people who receive screenings for colon cancer, thereby catching the presence of the disease early, when it still stands a high chance of eradication.
Women caught up in domestic violence situations would not have to pretend to be sick to use the sick days they’ve earned to take time off work, under a bipartisan proposal introduced to the Oregon Senate.
The 2015 session will feature a new bill designed to tighten the vaccination exemptions for school children and protect the public against infectious disease after a 2013 law failed to do what lawmakers had intended.
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The Oregon Health Leadership Council is floating a proposal that would expand the scope of the hospital transformation tax fund to financially reward coordinated care organizations that have shown success at reforming the delivery system while producing showing good health outcomes. .
Two years ago, the Legislature authorized an examination of universal healthcare, but asked the private sector to pick up the tab. That effort foundered when donors -- and dollars -- failed to materialize.