Andrea Salinas

Tough Oregon Health Care Merger Law Nears Launch With Questions Unsettled

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Rule-making for the new program has dragged on as its March 1 start date nears. Officials promise a light touch to start.

Oregon Lawmakers Hope To Better Protect Seniors In Long-Term Care

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A bill in the Oregon Legislature would create an advisory group to suggest ways the facilities, which have suffered the majority of deaths from COVID-19, could prepare for an outbreak.

Republican-led Walkout In Legislature Enters Second Week 

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Climate change is taking a toll: Hospital emergency room visits for heat-related problems are on the rise. Wildfires are also on the rise, leaving people with exacerbated breathing problems.

Dialysis Bill Dies, But Lawmakers Won’t Give Up

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 A bill that would have capped the costs of dialysis for patients and insurers has died. But it’s likely to return. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, said she  plans to propose a new bill reining in dialysis costs in the 2021 session.

Universal Health Care Bill Awaits GOP's Return

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Oregon appears poised to embark on a sweeping study of how to establish “universal health care,” although just what that means would be up to the task force the Oregon Legislature would create.

House Health Committee Tackling ‘Meaty Foundational Bills,’ New Chair Says

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This week marked a dividing point in the Oregon Legislative session: Bills that did not make it through House and Senate committees died, bringing those left on the table into sharper focus.

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