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Special Session Finishes As Budget Showdown Looms

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Gov. Kate Brown -- and lawmakers -- hope that federal authorities will give Oregon money to help plug the budget hole before another special session later this summer.

After Rising Discrimination, Lawmakers Tackle Bill To Protect The Medical Rights Of People With Disabilities

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The pandemic has laid bare a problem in Oregon hospitals: People with disabilities suffer discrimination in hospitals to the point that they’re not always given access to the full gamut of medical care. 

State Insurance Regulators Extend Parity For Telehealth But Critics Say That's Not Enough 

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Oregon is extending telehealth regulations that eased access during the pandemic until Dec. 31. But advocates and providers want them extended six months beyond that to give lawmakers time to enact a permanent change.

Hospitals Not ‘Out Of The Woods,” Supplies Of Protective Gear Down

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“Some providers have to reuse masks for up to a week at a time, and we have even heard of physicians sterilizing their N95s in a crock pot,” Dr. Chris Strear, president-elect of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians told lawmakers.  “These standards are not safe.”

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