Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
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.