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Access to Healthcare Still Rough for Oregon Troops

Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell
Soldiers and their families continue having a hard time finding a doctor who accepts TRICARE, the federal insurance program tied to Medicare

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.

Provider Tax is Settled for Good

After weeks of anticipation, legislators agree to tax hospitals and insurers

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.

OSPIRG Gives Key Reform Bill Mixed Review

The group's lobbyist says Oregon’s cost containment bill mostly succeeds, but falls short in holding industry accountable

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.

Battle Intensifies Over Prescribing Rights

Oregon is poised to become the third state in the nation allowing psychologists to prescribe drugs

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.

Getting to a Mental Health Budget

Carter and Buckley are making both a humane and prudent choice for mental health and chemical dependency.
May 21, 2009 -- The fastest way to get up to speed on how Oregon spends its mental health dollar is to cruise the executive summary of the December 2008 report, Assessment and Evaluation of the Mental Health Care Delivery System in Oregon. This report was prepared at the request of the state legislature by the Public Consulting Group, a Boston-based management consulting firm.

Regence Threatens Lawsuit After Losing PEBB Contract

After losing its public employees contract to Providence, Regence protests the decision

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.

Provider Tax Close to Agreement

Legislators have not reached agreement with hospitals and insurers but are very close

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.

Provider Tax Remains Veiled

Oregon Health Plan caseloads and an economic forecast next Friday could play havoc with the provider tax.

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. 

We Can't Afford to Wait

Advocates rally for House reform bills

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.


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