Soda Tax on the Menu for Oregon Legislature

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Advocates likely face intense lobbying pressure from the soda industry if the bill even gets a chance
January 19, 2011 – Oregon public health advocates want the legislature to consider a new tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages that would generate around $100 million annually.

Regence Lobbyist Joins Providence

May 20, 2010 -- Michael Becker is now director of advocacy and government affairs for Providence Health and Services, having left a similar position at Regence BlueCross BlueShield where he spent the past nine years.

“It was purely my own choice,” said Becker, who’s working for the Providence system, not its health plan. “It was a great opportunity.”


Standard Joined Regence Against Ballot Measures

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Together both insurance companies spent $105,000 to defeat Ballot Measures 66 and 67 in a special election
March 4, 2010 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield wasn’t the only insurer that made a financial contribution to try and defeat Ballot Measures 66 and 67.

Community Mental Health Association Replaces Lobbyist

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Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs bids farewell to Bobby Green, welcomes Andy Smith as new legislative liason

February 24, 2010 -- “Andy’s combination of personal integrity, broad experience in state and local government and his knowledge of people and issues make him an invaluable member of our team”, said Gina Nikkel, Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs. 

A Call for Regence to Become Accountable

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Regence’s actions are more consistent with a for-profit hedge fund
February 18, 2010 -- I just returned from 16 days in Singapore to start teaching my public health, health management and international health students again for Linfield’s spring semester.

Oregon Regulators Stand Up to Insurers

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It's a great day for consumers and small businesses, said State Sen. Chip Shields
February 16, 2010 -- Despite heated objections by health insurance companies, state regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division finalized rules on Tuesday (Feb. 16)  making every part of their rate filing open to the public.

Regence Gave $70,000 to Defeat Ballot Measures 66 and 67

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In doing so, Regence became the only health insurer in Oregon that contributed to the 'no' campaign
January 28, 2010 -- The victory celebrated by proponents of Ballot Measures 66 and 67, which will raise taxes on corporations and wealthy Oregonians, no doubt left one health insurer booing from the sidelines.


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