Antibiotics are rapidly losing their effectiveness, and the chief culprit is not in any clinic but in the barnyard, where the medicines are mixed in the feed of healthy chickens, hogs and cattle.
The tentative framework for Oregon’s next budget, released Wednesday, hits a new high of $7.24 billion for primary education -- a budget made possible by projected healthcare savings for public employees, with their health plans shifting toward a coordinated care model.
The Oregon Educators Benefit Board could be forced to pay some steep excise taxes to the federal government by the end of the decade, and while there are steps that could be done both at the state level and by individual school districts to decrease the tax owed, the health plan likely cannot avo
The Portland City Club has issued a report on healthcare and homelessness, making several recommendations to strengthen the local safety net, particularly in light of the Medicaid expansion a year ago, which provided healthcare for most people who fall under 138 percent of the poverty level.
A pair of leading state Democratic lawmakers shared the stage Friday with the House Republican leader at the Portland City Club and gave a promising preview of what’s to come in the 2015 legislative session: a statewide law that would make Oregon the fourth state to mandate that employers give paid time off for sick employees.
The Oregon Medical Insurance Pool has agreed to pay $2.1 million to Regence BlueCross BlueShield to resolve outstanding claims the insurance company says it’s owed for administering the Federal Medical Insurance Pool.
After an unprecedented decrease in healthcare costs for state workers in 2013, the inflation rate for the Public Employees Benefit Board was right back up to 7.4 percent per employee in 2014 for those covered by the state’s self-insured health plan administered by Providence.
A year ago, cuts to the emergency department at her hospital meant that just two nurses would be on the job during the overnight hours. An expanded behavioral health unit brought greater mental health resources, but without the staffing to keep up with the workload, said registered nurse Virginia Smith
he Insurance Division released some new numbers Friday showing marked improvement in the number of enrollees who have transferred over to healthcare.gov, but as many as 50,000 people currently served by Cover Oregon may see a lapse in coverage if they didn't pick an insurance plan by Dec. 15.
For $25 million, the state of Oregon could be poised to expand universal healthcare for residents up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, saving these residents an average of $1,600 in healthcare costs a year while providing them with more complete coverage than they’d get from private in