Oregon legislature 2013

Oregon Senate Votes to Give Nurse Anesthetists Prescriptive Powers

The Lund Report
Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, an osteopathic physician, opposed the bill, telling The Lund Report he saw no need for these specialized nurses to have prescriptive powers, echoing the position of the Oregon Medical Association.


April 25, 2013 — The Senate passed Senate Bill 136 on a 26-3 vote, which will allow certified registered nurse anesthetists to write prescriptions for up to 10 days.

‘Churn Bill’ Looks to Help People Switching from Medicaid to Cover Oregon

The Lund Report
Starting in 2016, 60,000 Oregonians may find themselves moving between the Oregon Health Plan and Cover Oregon, and potentially losing access to their doctors or coverage of ongoing procedures. HB 2132 requires the OHA and Cover Oregon to take steps to alleviate this problem.


April 24, 2013 — Next year, the Affordable Care Act will allow people whose income falls below 138 percent of the federal poverty level to receive coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.

Senate Votes to Set Tanning Ban Age Limit at 17

The Lund Report
The Senate approved HB 2896 on a 17-11 vote, but to gain the support of Sen. Chip Shields, the bill was weakened from the House version, which would make it illegal for teens to tan under the age of 18

April 22, 2013 — The Senate voted 17-11 on Monday to pass a less restrictive version of a teenage tanning salon ban than the one that passed the House overwhelmingly, prohibiting the practice for children under 17 without a doctor’s note.

Senate Health Committee Approves Treatment for Autistic Children

The Lund Report
Private insurers and public health plans will be required to cover applied behavior analysis after a deal is reached between autism advocates, insurers and Sen. Alan Bates, a Medford physician.


April 19, 2013 — A landmark bill regarding autism passed the Senate Health Committee unanimously Thursday, paving the way for insurance coverage of a specialized treatment that supporters say will help severely handicapped autistic children live more functional lives.

Bates Offers Path for CCOs to Roll in Dental Networks

The Lund Report
SB 373 requires CCOs to offer dental contracts to all dental care organizations from 2014 to 2017 before they contract with other dental care providers such as Kaiser Permanente.

This article has been corrected from an earlier version.

April 17, 2013 — Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, has pushed a last-minute bill that would require coordinated care organizations to first provide contracts to all the dental care organizations in its geographic area before hiring independent dentists.

House Health Committee Clears Toxic Toys Bill

The Lund Report
The bill was narrowed but still requires manufacturers to report hazardous chemicals and phase them out in most cases. The Toxics Disclosure for Healthy Kids Act is modeled after a law in Washington, where a recent report found Disney and others failed to report child’s perfumes laced with poisonous phthalates.


April 16, 2013 — Oregon took a big step forward to taking toxic toys off its shelves, as House Bill 3162, moved out of the House Health Committee.

Oregon House Passes Bill Giving Workers Two Weeks Leave to Grieve

The Lund Report
HB 2950 expands the Oregon Family Leave Act to include time spent in bereavement, protecting employees from being fired for missing work when a close family member dies

April 15, 2013 — On April 12, 2006, Rep. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, told her colleagues in the House that she had her best lunch date ever, as her dad drove from The Dalles to help her celebrate her admission to law school.

Midwife Bill Clears Health Committee, Requires License

The Lund Report
Exemptions to the law will remain for traditional cultures, while midwives without a license will be prohibited from advertising their services under an amended bill struck by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland

Editor's Note: This bill has been corrected from its earlier version.

April 15, 2013 — The House Health Committee passed a direct midwife licensing bill, deciding to prohibit people from advertising midwifery services without a license.

Dembrow Pitches Oregon Universal Healthcare Study

The Lund Report
Funding for the study to provide healthcare financing for all Oregonians would come from private sources, and the study would consider several options, including single-payer, a public option and hybrid model to provide care from cradle-to-grave. A Pennsylvania study found a state single-payer government health insurance system would cut healthcare costs 15 percent

April 12, 2013 — The Affordable Care Act will roll out next year, and Oregon has instituted its own pioneering healthcare delivery reforms through coordinated care organizati

Senate Bill 823 Outlines Courtney’s Vision for Mental Health

The Lund Report
Sen. Brian Boquist of McMinnville, the Republican co-sponsor, said the bill sets guidelines in place so the state will be more prepared to actually show results as funding becomes available

April 10, 2013 — Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, teamed up with Sen. Brian Boquist, R-McMinnville, on Tuesday to press for Senate Bill 823, a broad-sweeping set of policy guidelines aimed at providing more comprehensive and proactive community mental health across the state of Oregon.


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