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$320 Million Tobacco Tax Package Thunders Back To Life With Voter Referral Add

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SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown's $320 million tobacco tax package, considered by many observers to be on life support just a week ago, has roared back into the spotlight in the legislative session's final days.

Death With Dignity Bill Draws Party Line Vote

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SALEM – As the Oregon legislative session nears its final days and lawmakers rush to move priority bills through committees, advocates of the state's pioneering Death with Dignity law are pushing for a change to increase patient access to life-ending drugs.

Oregon Leads Fight Against Drug Price Hikes

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SALEM – Proponents expect a bill that would force prescription drug manufacturers to be more transparent about price hikes to land soon on Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, putting Oregon at the forefront of efforts to fight against skyrocketing drug prices.

Legislature Close To Restoring Double Health Care for Some Public Sector Employees

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SALEM – A union-backed effort to restore double health insurance coverage for couples both employed by the government has picked up steam.

Emergency Department Boarding Bill Caught In Logjam

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SALEM – With just three weeks until the Oregon Legislature adjourns, advocates for a pilot project to address prolonged mental health patient stays in hospital emergency rooms are pushing for their bill to break through the logjam in the session's final month.

Brown On Tobacco Taxes: ‘We're Going To Keep Working It’

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SALEM – Another pillar of Gov. Kate Brown's Medicaid funding plan may be in peril.

Lawmakers Send Prior Authorization Bill to Governor's Desk

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SALEM – Oregon lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Kate Brown's desk Wednesday night placing strict time limits on the ability of insurers to decide prior authorization claims.

Tensions Mount In Legislature Over Bill Restricting Pharmacy Middlemen

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SALEM – For six years, Oregon pharmacies have been lobbying the state Legislature to rein in fees imposed on them by pharmacy benefit managers, the third-party intermediaries that negotiate prices with drug manufacturers and prescription drug claims with insurers.

Crunch Time In Salem: Lawmakers Consider Must-Do Lists

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SALEM – A legislative session marked by partisan tension is entering its final weeks with plenty of unfinished business on the health care front.

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