WHEN CAITLIN WELLS SALERNO AND JON SALERNO’S FIRST SON, HANK, WAS BORN, HIS DELIVERY COST THE FAMILY ONLY $30. GUS’ BILL CAME IN AT MORE THAN $16,000. THE FAMILY WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT $3,600 OF IT./RAE ELLEN BICHELL/KHN
A Medicare index was scrapped, but physicians will no longer be able to go after patients when an insurer doesn’t pay for non-contracted emergency work. A sweeping measure allows state insurance regulators to set aside state law if federal officials upend the national health laws.
The Oregon Legislature passed five dozen new laws affecting healthcare policy that were covered in The Lund Report, making significant gains in public health, consumer protection, workers’ health benefits and mental health policy.
Sen. Bates said federal match money may be available to expand programs to help providers in rural and underserved communities. Dentures for new Medicaid members will be available Jan. 1, thanks to the lobbying of Advantage Dental. Grants for $10 million will be available to safety-net clinics who serve uninsured immigrant children.