Gov. John Kitzhaber
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber took a step out of the shadows Wednesday, sharing his latest health policy ideas at the annual State of Reform conference in Portland, and calling for changes to the Medicaid waiver that would have coordinated care organizations pay an increasing share of their funding on social services.
State officials on Tuesday worked to downplay the drama in their decision to pull the plug on Cover Oregon as well as buck the public conception that the $248 million given to the failed state insurance exchange was wast
Mike Nearman wants to take the Oregon Republican Party in a new direction, one along Tea Party lines and rid the party of so-called “Republicans In Name Only” that hold sway in the Oregon House. He wants to start with Rep. Jim Thompson, R-Dallas, whom he believes hasn’t done enough to derail the hated Obamacare laws.
“He’s content to just get spoon fed whatever Cover Oregon wants,” said Nearman, an information technology professional and the chairman of the Polk County Republicans. “I wouldn’t let John Kitzhaber get away without answering any questions.”
Update: This article has been updated to reflect the passage of HB 4122 and SB 1582, as well as decisions from the federal government regarding changes in health insurance policy.
Rep. Betty Komp, a Woodburn Democrat and the House Speaker Pro Tempore, added a personal touch as she explained the need to make Cover Oregon work.
Gov. John Kitzhaber told reporters Thursday that the state has hired an independent examiner to critically analyze the mistakes of contractor Oracle Corp and the state in rolling out Cover Oregon, while he and other Democratic officials have skirted discussion of whether the insurance exchange can survive its botched roll out.
Vern Saboe, who’s fighting to end discrimination against chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists, is convinced he has the federal law on his side.
July 3, 2013— Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement as the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 5030, setting the budget for the Oregon Health Authority for the 2013-2015 biennium.
July 2, 2013 — Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement as the Oregon House passed House Bill 5030, setting the budget for the Oregon Health Authority for the 2013-2015 biennium.