Elizabeth Steiner Hayward

Steiner Hayward Defends HERC Against Death Panel Charge over Diabetes

The Lund Report
The Portland state senator and family physician said doctors would still have enough discretion to recommend daily testing for individual diabetics, despite a state board’s proposal that the Oregon Health Plan should only pay for weekly testing strips in most cases. But Republican Jim Weidner labeled the bureaucratic body a nefarious “death panel” in limiting the ability to test blood sugar levels.

Editor's Note: The HERC has not made a final ruling on diabetes care as an earlier version of this article indicated, but has only made a draft recommendation on testing strips. The article has been corrected.

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