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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.”

Legislative Panel Approves $5 Million For Coronavirus Response -- For Now

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The Oregon legislative emergency board on Monday approved $5 million for the Oregon Health Authority’s efforts to fight coronavirus. 

More money may be needed in the future as the outbreak grows, lawmakers warned.

Session Costing Taxpayers Nearly $500,000 Ends With Little Done, Divisions Deeper Than Ever

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Democratic legislative leaders declared the session over on Thursday, blaming the failure on Republican lawmakers who walked out to prevent a quorum and kill a cap-and-trade bill.

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