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Oregon Officials Devise Coronavirus Plan, Hoping To Avoid Fate Of Washington State

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Oregon state regulators have a blueprint to prevent coronavirus from sweeping through a long-term care facility as it did in Washington state, where 10 people have died.

Legislature Approves $34 Million in Health and Human Services Spending

The money comes from a $40 million pot the state had set aside as the Legislature pushed the executive branch to rein in spending. But the unsustainable growth of the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services will loom over the 2017 session.

The Legislature's emergency budget board approved an additional $10.6 million for the Department of Human Services, and $23.4 million for the Oregon Health Authority this December, to help the agencies meet the needs of rising caseloads and other costs.

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