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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.