U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has come out swinging against the Senate version of Trumpcare, which Republicans have given the Orwellian title “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” even as it jacks up insurance costs for many people, especially seniors, and gradually defunds Medicaid, shedding millions from the program.
The Oregon House of Representatives greenlighted a path to a limited number of psychologists to prescribe medications for mental disorders, passing HB 3355 on a 43-2 vote.
Oregon senators appear poised to protect Oregon school children from the diesel fumes coming off of school buses, but they are not yet ready to protect them from the foul air coming off of other diesel vehicles.
The $19.9 billion budget for the Oregon Health Authority and the $548 million provider tax to help fund the state’s share breezed through the Oregon Senate on Wednesday.
Prescription drug price control legislation being debated in the state Legislature could cut premium costs for public employees by 3 percent, and help the state maintain inflation levels below 3.4 percent.
Oregon House Democrats pushed through the Oregon Health Authority budget and a new provider tax in a late Thursday afternoon session on a 36-23 tally, getting just the one Republican vote needed to move the legislation package on to the Oregon Senate.
Democratic leaders praised aspects of the Oregon Health Authority budget that was approved by the budget committee on Tuesday but it goes to a floor vote on Thursday still lacking a critical Republican vote in the Oregon House of Representatives.
The Oregon House voted for a measure that will allow Oregon-born homeless people to get free birth certificates, a critical starting point to receiving government assistance, earning a GED and getting ahead in life.
A key committee passed the Oregon Health Authority budget on Thursday afternoon, sending the $19.9 billion budget package to the full Committee on Ways & Means next week -- but doing so without critical Republican support in the Oregon House of Representatives.
The Oregon Senate cut the final strings keeping nurse practitioners from performing vasectomies on Tuesday, voting 25 to 5 to delete a statute that specifically bars them from doing this work, even if they have been specially trained.