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Mask Mandates Spread, But Thorny Problems Remain With No Unified Strategy

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Starting Wednesday, residents in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties will have to wear masks in indoor commercial settings, in line with the fast-swelling ranks of cities, counties and states around the country.

Oregon’s For-Profit, Revenue-Rich Hospitals Reap Millions In Federal Payout

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The federal government gave the two for-profit hospitals in the state plenty despite the fact that they generate big annual payouts for their out-of-state owners.

Report: Economic Slump Could Increase Oregon’s Medicaid Bill By Half A Billion Dollars

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Depending on the level of unemployment created by the virus-induced economic crisis, Oregon would need to spend between $75 million and $516 million in state money to cover the additional Medicaid enrollees for the period January 2020-December 2022, according to a new report.

Patients, Revenues Starting To Return To OHSU Amid Losses

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Patient volumes and accompanying revenues are “beginning to recover” at Oregon Health & Science University, but the institution expects the next 12 to 24 months to be financially lean as a recession grips the region, administrators said in a report to the board.

Hospitals Cut Pay, Hours In Response To Plunging Revenues

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Oregon’s big hospital systems were sitting pretty just three months ago after years of steady growth and profits. But now they’re grappling with the sudden monetary fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Medicaid Enrollment Jumps In Oregon But State Not In Crisis

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 A growing number of the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians made jobless by the coronavirus crisis are signing up for Medicaid insurance, but for now, at least, Oregon has enough money to cover them.

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