Prescription Drug Price Bill Before Senate

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When Congress returns next week, a bill to cut prescription drug costs will be on its plate. It was crafted by a bipartisan team, and it scaled its first hurdle in the Senate.

New Poll: Older Americans Oppose Policies that Increase Health Costs

Majority of Older Trump Voters Believe House Bill Imposes an Unfair “Age Tax,” Oppose Changes to Medicaid, and Want Measures to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs

Chicago, IL — Today AARP released the findings of a survey that said a majority of voters ages 50 plus – including most Trump supporters – oppose specific provisions of the bill that make health care more expensive for older Americans.

All-Payer, All-Claims Database Future at Stake in Supreme Court Case

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has joined other states to support Vermont’s ability to gather medical claims data from self-insured health plans otherwise governed by federal law. Consumer groups, the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association all support Vermont, but the Supreme Court justices seemed to favor the other side, including the BlueCross BlueShield Association in arguments last week.

The Public Interest Research Group and AARP are joining state’s attorney generals, including Oregon’s Ellen Rosenblum to defend states’ ability to require self-insured companies to report their medical claims data to state all-payer, all-claims databases.

Oregon Senate Provides Final Passage of the CARE Act

HB 3378 Provides Strong Support for Family Caregivers After a Hospitalization

SALEM, OREGON, May 27, 2015 – Today the Oregon Senate passed the Caregiver Advise, Record, and Enable (CARE) Act (HB 3378) with a unanimous vote of support. The bill now goes to Governor Kate Brown for her signature, as it passed the House of Representatives on April 30th.

Passage Likely for Care Act for Elderly, People with Mental Illness

The Care Act, a top priority for AARP, provides elderly patients with caregiver assistance before leaving the hospital. A similar policy is moving forward for hospitals to adopt discharge policies for patients whose stay results from a mental health crisis.

The House Health Committee is moving forward with two bills to close a coverage gap -- linking people who need special assistance with information about a caregiver or supportive person before they leave the hospital.

New Report Documents Impact on Family Caregivers When Person Receiving Chronic Care Also Has Dementia, Depression, or Other Cognitive or Behavioral Conditions

More Complex Physical Health Needs and Resistance of Care Recipients Result in Greater Stress and Diminished Quality of Life for Caregivers

The United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute issued a report today with compelling new evidence that family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of

Republicans Stage Fight Over Expanded Home Care Commission

After a personal appeal from Sen. Bates to Sen Winters, SB 1542 skirted through the Senate Wednesday, giving senior citizens a public option to meet their long-term care needs. If the House agrees, the Home Care Commission would expand beyond its Medicaid clientele to serve people paying for in-home caregivers with their own money.

Editor's Note: Deschutes County has several private home care agencies. An earlier version of this article mistakenly said there were no home care agencies in part of Sen. Tim Knopp's district, but his district is entirely in Deschutes County. We regret the error.


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