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Report: Economic Slump Could Increase Oregon’s Medicaid Bill By Half A Billion Dollars

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Depending on the level of unemployment created by the virus-induced economic crisis, Oregon would need to spend between $75 million and $516 million in state money to cover the additional Medicaid enrollees for the period January 2020-December 2022, according to a new report.

Hospitals Face Tough Choices: Cut, Dive Into Reserves Or Seek Partnerships

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In mid-March, as Oregon health officials braced for a crush of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kate Brown ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgeries to ensure adequate bed space and equipment for coronavirus patients.

Hospitals Not ‘Out Of The Woods,” Supplies Of Protective Gear Down

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“Some providers have to reuse masks for up to a week at a time, and we have even heard of physicians sterilizing their N95s in a crock pot,” Dr. Chris Strear, president-elect of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians told lawmakers.  “These standards are not safe.”

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