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Keny-Guyer Hoping Fourth Time a Charm for Toxic-Free Kids Act

The proposed Oregon law would copy a Washington law on disclosure but then strengthen it to phase out hazardous chemicals in children’s products and replace them with safer alternatives. SB 478 maintains bipartisan support in the House and the increased Democratic majority should allow the bill to over-rule Sen. Betsy Johnson, a friend of the chemistry council who opposes the bill.

Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer rolled out her Toxic-Free Kids Act for the fourth time in her four years as a legislator from Southeast Portland on Monday, and this time around, the increased Democratic majority may be what it takes to put one of her flagship issues into law.

Oregon Experiences Largest Decline in Uninsured Children

State officials attribute the success to the Healthy Kids program whose numbers grew from 19.4 percent in 2008 to 33.6 percent in 2012.

Since October, Cover Oregon has been toiling through technological hiccups to make sure more Oregonians have affordable and quality health insurance. Behind the scenes, even before the Affordable Care Act became law, efforts to have more children covered by health insurance have been quietly successful, especially in Oregon.

According to a new report, "For Kids' Sake: State-Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance - A State-by-State Analysis," the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. dropped from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012. The report, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health's State Health Access Data Assistance Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also documents recent coverage trends at the state level using data from 2008 through 2012, the most recent year available.

Playworks Emphasizes Safer, Healthier Schoolyard Play

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In-school coaches, training help reduce the discipline problems associated with recess – which pediatricians say is critical to healthy development, but can also be the crucible of conflicts between kids

April 17, 2013 -- Just a few years ago, Susan McElroy wouldn't schedule anything at Grout Elementary, where she serves as principal, for the period immediately following recess.

Pharmacists Want to Give Shots to Young Children

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Senate Bill 167 would give the state health director the right to allow pharmacists to immunize children in a disease outbreak, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson was concerned about letting pharmacists inject babies

February 12, 2013 -- If a disease outbreak swept over Oregon like this winter’s flu pandemic or the whooping cough epidemic declared in Washington last April, children under 11 could not get shots at pharmacies under current law without a prescription.

Washington Orders Regence to Cover Kids

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October 16, 2010 -- It's illegal for health insurers to stop selling coverage to children while continuing to sell to adults, according to Washington's insurance commissioner, who on Friday filed a cease-and-desist order against the Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in Washington.

High Risk Pool Takes Over Where Regence Left Off

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The board administering the program will ask the 2011 Legislature for permission to cover all children regardless of their health status
October 13, 2010 -- Now that Regence BlueCross BlueShield and HealthNet decided they won’t provide insurance to children, the state's high risk pool has sprung into action.
 

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