Massive Reform Bill Inches Forward
April 30, 2009 -- Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has done his part. As chairman of the House Health Care Committee, Greenlick passed the most sweeping piece of healthcare reform legislation this state has ever seen.
Now the measure is sitting in the Joint Ways and Means Committee for consideration.
House Bill 2009 would consolidate multiple healthcare agencies into a single entity known as the Oregon Health Authority. At the same time it directs several cost saving steps that together would save an estimated $5.4 billion over 10 years.
Greenlick’s committee deferred, however, for another two years the question of what to do for thousands of individuals denied health insurance or forced to pay more because of pre-existing conditions.
Read the story on House Bill 2009 by AMNews.
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