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In Short Session, High Profile Bills Can Be A Long Shot

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The dead bills are starting to pile up.

Vaping Lobby, Public Health Officials Clash Over Flavor Ban

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Oregon lawmakers faced their first resistance on Thursday to a proposal that would ban flavored vaping products in response to thousands of vaping-related illnesses and dozens of across the country.

Lawmakers Push Proposal to Ban All Flavored Vaping Products

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All flavored vaping products may become banned in Oregon, as state lawmakers look for answers to curb nicotine addiction among Oregon’s youth.

No Clear Path Toward Plugging Oregon’s Medicaid Gap, Senator Says

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The Legislature this year is considering a slew of health care bills that span everything from prescriptions drugs to mental health to long term care. One of the big items on the agenda is funding the Oregon Health Plan which serves nearly 1 million Oregonians.

Monnes Anderson Asks Gresham Voters for Another Four Years

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, the chairwoman of the Senate Health Committee, often faces tough re-election challenges, and this year’s no exception. But missteps by her opponent have left Democrats confident of her victory and helped them shift resources to replacing the late Sen. Alan Bates in southern Oregon.

Every four years, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, pounds the pavement, walks the streets of her east Multnomah County district and knocks on doors, taking no vote for granted.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Top Spender of Legislative Candidates

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Regence donated $236,000 to political candidates and causes in a failed attempt to shift control of the Legislature to Republicans, according to records filed with the Secretatry of State.

 

August 27, 2013 — Health insurance companies have poured more than $550,000 into state and local elections in Oregon since the start of 2011, with over 40 percent of that money spent by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, which invested $236,000 in its preferred candidates and causes.

Nurse Practitioners Seek Payment Parity from Insurers

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But legislators are unlikely to take action because of the strong lobbying efforts by insurance companies

November 29, 2011—The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is trying to convince legislators that insurance companies should pay nurse practitioners the same amount as primary care physicians for the same services.

But the association’s president, Susan King, said its efforts are being stonewalled by some insurance carriers. After meeting with representatives from five insurers over the past few months, the information they’re sharing about their reimbursement policies is opaque, at best.

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