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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.

Rejected Medicaid Company Threatens To Sue Oregon Health Authority

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A Marion County nonprofit group, which the Oregon Health Authority rejected as a Medicaid insurer this summer, warns it may sue in court to overturn the state’s decision.

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Tout Wage Gains In New Labor Contract

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Service workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield won some of their biggest pay raises in a decade in the latest labor contract negotiations, Service Employees International Union Local 49 said.

Bend Hospital Workers Latest To Endorse Union

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The St. Charles Medical Center in Bend is the latest Oregon hospital to be caught by the labor unionization wave in the health care sector.

Strike Called Off As Union And McKenzie-Willamette Reach Tentative Deal

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McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and Service Employees International Union Local 49 have reached a tentative labor pact and the union has called off a strike it had set for later this month.

Insurers Scramble In Newly Competitive Oregon Medicaid Markets

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Medicaid insurers and their members in two of Oregon’s biggest markets – the Portland area and Lane County - are being dunked into a new world of competition and choice.

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Poised To Strike

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Labor contract negotiations between Springfield’s McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center and workers represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 49 have turned ugly, with workers calling a three-day strike to run Sept. 10-12.

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