May 28, 2009 -- A comprehensive health reform package winding its way through Oregon’s Legislature promises to reduce costs while improving quality.
May 28, 2009 -- Uninsured Oregonians can rejoice. Legislative leaders reached agreement on a hospital and health insurance tax to cover 140,000 Oregonians. Together their dollars will result in $2 billion in federal matching funds over the next four years and create an estimated 3,600 new healthcare jobs.
May 28, 2009 -- A huge pot of money awaits Willamette Falls Hospital when it aligns with Providence Health & Services -- $55 million – for a new patient tower, recruiting physicians and expanding oncology and cardiology services. The hospital’s foundation will also receive a $3.5 million donation.
May 21, 2009 -- After losing a multi-million dollar contract it’s held for over 20 years, Regence BlueCross BlueShield is fighting back. It’s trying to persuade officials that they made a serious mistake by choosing their competitor, Providence Health Plans, as the statewide PPO for 102,507 public employees and their dependents.
May 21, 2009 -- Despite intense lobbying pressure from organized medicine – including the Oregon Pediatric Society, the Oregon Psychiatric Association and the Oregon Medical Association – legislators may be close to declaring victory.
May 12, 2009 -- The threat of a lawsuit hangs over the Public Employees Benefit Board after it rejected Regence BlueCross BlueShield's bid to provide health coverage to state employees. Providence Health Plans won the multi-million dollar contract by a 5-3 vote when the board met on April 21.
May 13, 2009 -- Earlier we reported that a deal had been struck on a provider tax, however Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) now says that was incorrect. Negotiations are very close to being wrapped up on a hospital and insurance tax to cover more uninsured Oregonians.
May 8, 2009 -- Negotiations over a provider tax that could potentially insure 180,000 Oregonians appear stalled after lawmakers cancelled a legislative hearing scheduled for Thursday morning (May 7) because an agreement had not been reached with the hospitals and health insurers.