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Turnout High for Insurance Exchange Talks

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After a series of public forums the Oregon Health Authority is left with strong public engagement but little direct mandate
September 16, 2010 -- This time last year, a series of town hall meetings would have garnered far different reactions than the cordial tones state officials have encountered recently in a series of public forums around the state about healthcare reform.
 

Joel Ario to Oversee Insurance Exchanges

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Former Oregon insurance commissioner heads to Washington DC
August 11, 2010 – Joel Ario who was Oregon’s chief insurance regulator from 2000 to 2007 is joining the Obama administration to oversee the nation’s health insurance exchange system.
 

Sebelius Announces Final EHR Rules

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Now O-HITEC can begin working with primary care providers to help develop their EHR systems
July 20, 2010 -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced final rules to help improve Americans’ health, increase safety and reduce healthcare costs through expanded use of electronic health records (EHR). 
 

Governance Missing From Health Reform Picture

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As we talk about health care: Substitute “either, or” for “if … then”
July 21, 2010 -- What’s the most important element missing from our national conversation about health care reform? I’ll boil it down to one word, governance.
 

High Risk Pool to Save Insurers Millions

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The federal program will extend coverage and save Oregon insurers millions
June 30, 2010 -- The federal program to insure people with pre-existing conditions rolling out across the country this month could extend health coverage to an estimated 6,700 Oregonians.
 

Oregon Hospitals to Share $24 Million

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OHSU leads the pack among the 21 hospitals to correct Medicare imbalances
June 9, 2010 – Oregon hospitals should give Congressman Earl Blumenauer a pat on the back. He helped secure $24 million for 21 hospitals throughout the state to correct Medicare funding imbalances and improve quality, access and treatment.
 

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