Christian Wihtol

In 2020, Health Insurance Rates Could Rise As High As 9%, 13%

The roughly 350,000 Oregonians who buy individual or small-employer health insurance plans face a range of premium increases in 2020 going as high as 8.9 percent for individuals and 13.1 percent for small groups, under preliminary rates the state issued Wednesday.

OHSU Predicts Another Year Of Record Revenues, Profits

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Let the good times keep rolling, say Oregon Health & Science University budget officials.

Universal Health Care Bill Awaits GOP's Return

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Oregon appears poised to embark on a sweeping study of how to establish “universal health care,” although just what that means would be up to the task force the Oregon Legislature would create.

Ejected from Emergency Rooms, Mentally ill And Homeless Often End Up In Jail

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Many Portland-area mentally ill people who are homeless, addicted to drugs or have other problems end up being inappropriately jailed because Portland-area hospitals don’t want them on their property, and police don’t know what to do with them except put them in jail for trespassing, an investiga

Legacy Nurses Win Right To Unionize at Unity Center

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Registered nurses at the troubled Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland have won their bid for a unionization vote.

Kaiser Boosts Link Between Health Care Providers, Social Service Agencies

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Kaiser Permanente is launching a program in the Northwest as part of a ramp-up of its effort to help patients with such things as housing, food, transportation and domestic violence problems, factors that can have a big influence on patients’ health.

PeaceHealth Names New ZoomCare CEO

Six months after buying health care clinic chain ZoomCare, PeaceHealth has installed one of its own executives as CEO of the business, which has rapid-service clinics in the Portland and Seattle metro areas.

Union Thrust Among Health Care Workers Extends Beyond Hospitals

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In recent years, thousands of Oregon health care workers at hospitals and other medical centers have opted to unionize, seeking to protect staffing levels and working conditions and win higher pay.

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