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Boarded In The ER: Oregon’s Mental Health Crisis

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On a typical day, doctors rush through the emergency department toward sounding alarms, and ambulances whisk in people suffering heart attacks, strokes or severe pain. Medical technicians and nurses attend to patients as worried families hover close.

House Health Committee Tackling ‘Meaty Foundational Bills,’ New Chair Says

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This week marked a dividing point in the Oregon Legislative session: Bills that did not make it through House and Senate committees died, bringing those left on the table into sharper focus.

Lawmakers Let Mental Health Bill Die To Dismay Of Backers

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Hundreds of Oregon House and Senate bills quietly died last week, with the March 29 deadline passing for legislation to be scheduled for a work session or get shelved.

Lower Drug Prices Are ‘Very Feasible’ In Oregon, Advocate says

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Dems Backtrack On Health Care Savings Under Pressure From Public Employees

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Two years ago, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a major health care cost reduction package that was championed by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate.

Hospital Employees Seek Relief From Understaffing

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Nursing assistant Amanda Newman often ends her shifts at PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield in tears after struggling to meet all of her patients needs each day because there’s not enough staff.

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.

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