Oregon legislature 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Restrict Vaccine Exemptions

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Republicans opposed the bill on the grounds that vaccines could infringe on religious liberty, but Democrats argued the threat of communicable disease to children and the community outweighs those concerns as state drops below herd immunity for certain preventable diseases.

June 7, 2013 — The Senate passed a bill designed to reverse the number of children who enter public schools without vaccinations, putting in place new restrictions for nonmedical exemptions, despite partisan opposition from Republicans who said the restrictions usurp the rights of religious minor

Legislators Pave the Way for School Districts to Join Cover Oregon

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House Bill 2128 puts into place the mechanism for school districts to leave OEBB and try their luck on the health insurance exchange, but some Republicans want OEBB’s role eliminated.

 

June 6, 2013 — School districts now have a choice. Starting in 2015, they can either purchase insurance coverage from the exchange, known as Cover Oregon, or remain in the Oregon Educators Benefit Board. Earlier this week, the Senate gave districts that authority.

Public Health Budget Calls for $4 Million in Tobacco Dollars for Prevention

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The money marks the first time tobacco master settlement agreement money would be dedicated to the state tobacco prevention fund, but the amount approved is only one-third the $12 million floated earlier this session by Rep. Tomei.

 

June 5, 2013 — The Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services voted Tuesday to approve a preliminary budget for the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, putting up $4 million from the tobacco master settlement agreement for prevention.

House Health Committee Bolsters Insurance Rate Review Bill Over Senator’s Objection

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Rep. Mitch Greenlick gained support in his committee for requiring better notice of health insurance rate hikes as well as providing new tools to the Insurance Division to drive down healthcare costs.

 

May 30, 2013 — The House Health Committee passed a bill on a 6-3 vote Wednesday that will provide new tools for the Insurance Division in the health insurance rate review process, while increasing the ability of consumers to contribute to the approval discussion.

Oregon Medical Association Backs ONA’s Pay Equity Bill for Nurse Practitioners

The Lund Report
A task force will be added, but the heart of House Bill 2902 survives Senate negotiations — requiring private insurers to return to the practice of paying all independent nurse practitioners and physician assistants the same as physicians for the same services.

 

May 29, 2013 — The Senate Health Committee has passed a nurse practitioner pay parity bill that has found consensus between the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Nurses Association, bringing to a resolution one of the most divisive issues in the state medical community this legislative session.

Oregon House Passes Bills to Comply with Affordable Care Act

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Most Republicans opposed the core “Obamacare” bills, but Democratic majority enacts legislation easily, backed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, MD.

 

May 29, 2013 -- The Oregon House passed four bills that will move the state in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, which both opponents and champions have come to label informally as “Obamacare.”

Legislature Carves a Place for African-American Hair Care

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House Bill 3409 sets licensing standards for “natural hair care,” and allows for businesses where stylists can weave, lace and braid hair without a degree from a beauty school.

May 24, 2013 – A few years ago, Amber Starks wanted to volunteer her hair braiding and weaving skills to African-American kids in foster homes, but was denied by the state Board of Cosmetology. On Thursday, the Legislature signaled its support, granting a path where Starks can both help foster kids and run her own business specializing in hair designs unique to black culture.

Bates Pushes Bill to Snuff Out Sex Trafficking in Massage Parlors

Senate Bill 387 would help elevate the profession of massage therapy by requiring facilities to be permitted and inspected by the state.

 

May 21, 2013 -- The House Health Committee voted 8-1 to move a bill that Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, says will both elevate the profession of massage therapy and rein in human sex trafficking and prostitution that uses the therapeutic practice as cover.

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