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Oregon Hospitals Among Those Penalized By Federal Government

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Twenty-three Oregon hospitals are among the more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide financially penalized this week by the federal government for having excessive rates of readmissions of recent elderly patients.

Oregon Sends 2020 Contracts For All 15 Medicaid Insurers To Sign

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Keeping to its timetable, the Oregon Health Authority late last week issued contracts to all 15 insurance entities the state tentatively approved earlier this year to run the state’s Medicaid programs starting 2020.

High Oregon Insurance Coverage Rate Masks Some Disparities

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An overwhelming number of Oregonians have health insurance, but a small minority, about 240,000 people, still lack coverage, typically because they don’t qualify for government-paid plans and can’t afford commercial plans, the state’s 2019 health insurance survey found.

Oregon Health Authority Suggests Temporary Ban on Sale of Vaping Products

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The possibility of a ban on the sale of vaping products loomed closer late Friday as the Oregon Health Authority recommended Oregon Gov. Kate Brown consider imposing a temporary six-month moratorium on the sale of all vaping items.

Workers Bear Ever-Larger Cost Of Employer Health Insurance Plans

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For the 153 million Americans who get health insurance through their jobs, a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation tells a depressing story that workers are already only too familiar with.

Kaiser, Unions Reach Tentative Labor Contract Deal

More than 80,000 union-represented clerical and other workers in the Kaiser Permanente system appear on track to lock in solid pay raises and benefit improvements under a tentative labor agreement announced Wednesday by the California-based nonprofit system and a union umbrella group, Coalition o

OHSU Profits Even Higher Than Expected

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The 2018-19 fiscal year was even more financially fruitful for Oregon Health & Science University than expected, according to a new report to be presented to its  board on Friday.

Oregon Launches Campaign Giving Medicaid Patients A Choice

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The Oregon Health Authority is launching a campaign to alert hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians that they will soon be able to choose between two insurance companies for their government-funded health coverage.

Kitzhaber Heats Up Debate Over Oregon's Medicaid Direction

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Debate over how Oregon should run its $6 billion-a-year Medicaid system for intensified sharply this week, with controversy continuing to swirl around Trillium Community Health Plan, a for-profit subsidiary of the nation’s Medicaid heavyweight.

Exclusive: Trillium Badgers Hospitals In Fight For Lucrative Portland-Area Medicaid Market

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In a behind-the-scenes test of wills, Trillium Community Health Plan has hammered resistant Portland-area hospitals to sign service contracts vital for the company’s expansion as a Medicaid insurer into the three-county market in 2020.

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