June 5, 2009 --Healthcare access issues in rural Oregon facing military service members are close to crisis proportions, said Brigadier Gen. Mike Caldwell, deputy director of the Oregon Military Department.
May 28, 2009 -- A comprehensive health reform package winding its way through Oregon’s Legislature promises to reduce costs while improving quality.
May 28, 2009 -- Uninsured Oregonians can rejoice. Legislative leaders reached agreement on a hospital and health insurance tax to cover 140,000 Oregonians. Together their dollars will result in $2 billion in federal matching funds over the next four years and create an estimated 3,600 new healthcare jobs.
May 28, 2009 -- House Bill 2009 includes important steps forward in some key areas of health care costs and quality. In other areas, the bill falls short of what’s needed to address the problem of rising health insurance and out-of-pocket costs facing families and businesses.
May 21, 2009 -- Despite intense lobbying pressure from organized medicine – including the Oregon Pediatric Society, the Oregon Psychiatric Association and the Oregon Medical Association – legislators may be close to declaring victory.
May 12, 2009 -- The threat of a lawsuit hangs over the Public Employees Benefit Board after it rejected Regence BlueCross BlueShield's bid to provide health coverage to state employees. Providence Health Plans won the multi-million dollar contract by a 5-3 vote when the board met on April 21.
May 13, 2009 -- Earlier we reported that a deal had been struck on a provider tax, however Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) now says that was incorrect. Negotiations are very close to being wrapped up on a hospital and insurance tax to cover more uninsured Oregonians.
May 8, 2009 -- Negotiations over a provider tax that could potentially insure 180,000 Oregonians appear stalled after lawmakers cancelled a legislative hearing scheduled for Thursday morning (May 7) because an agreement had not been reached with the hospitals and health insurers.
May 7, 2009 -- Advocates hold high a banner for drawing down all available federal funds to cover 180,000 Oregonians, and for addressing both system reform and expansion during this legislative session.