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State Denies 12-bed Hospital in St. Helens

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Columbia Health District reacts, calling the decision devastating after so many years of hard work

October 23, 2009 -- In a followup to a story we posted last week about a proposed new 12-bed hospital in St. Helens, the state has issued a deciding 'no.'

The following comes from a press release issued by Grant Higginson, Office of Community Health and Health Planning within the Department of Human Services.

Wyden Upbeat on Free Choice, Public Option

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In a national radio interview, Sen. Ron Wyden said even conservative colleagues know value in free choice

October 20, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden picked up the pressure for his Free Choice Amendment and a strong public option in an appearance today on the Ed Schultz national radio program.

Regence Drops Lawsuit Against PEBB

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President Short delivered the news in an email to agents and brokers today

October 15, 2009 -- Jared Short, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, announced today the insurer would drop its lawsuit against  the Public Employees Benefit Board for terminating its contract for the next two years.  

The enrollment loss of some 100,000 members representing $30 million in revenue comes after Regence has insured state employees for more than 20 years. Up until September, Regence had lawyers arguing in court to block PEBB's ruling.

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