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Legislators Close to Deal on Provider Tax

Details still sketchy as deal nears to insure every child and 100,000 adults

April 30, 2009 -- Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) expects to announce a deal next week that will settle months of debate on taxing hospitals and health insurers to expand the Oregon Health Plan.

Massive Reform Bill Inches Forward

Cost saving measures come first while harder decisions are left for next legislature

April 30, 2009 -- Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has done his part. As chairman of the House Health Care Committee, Greenlick passed the most sweeping piece of healthcare reform legislation this state has ever seen.

Tensions Rise Over Publicly Disclosing Superbug

It’s unclear how one of the deadliest, most prolific pathogens will be identified – if at all – when hospital-acquired infection rates become public in January 2010. That’s because hospitals get to play a large role in deciding what to tell you.

April 23, 2009 -- Dee Dee Vallier gets calls and emails almost every day from people who were either affected personally or had a family member affected by a multi-drug resistant Staph infection.

OSPIRG Takes on Premium Spikes

Can insurance rate regulation overcome the industry's high-powered lobbying efforts?

April 15, 2009 -- The Oregon insurance industry faces a showdown from consumer advocacy groups, small businesses and unions that want stronger regulation of premium increases.

Salem Demonstrators Demand Healthcare Reform

Close to 400 people descended on the state Capitol on April 8 to lobby their legislators and demonstrate for healthcare reform.

April 15, 2009 -- “It’s kind of like the government and the insurance companies get to decide who lives and who dies,” said Judith Auslander, 60, who will lose her eligibility for the Oregon Health Plan in April.

Legislators Meet Behind Closed Doors to Settle Tax

Whichever way it gets diced, legislators are confident they can raise taxes to expand the Oregon Health Plan

April 9, 2009 -- The battle is heating up over a proposed tax that would require hospitals and health insurers to pay for an expansion of the Oregon Health Plan.

OHSU Goes Rogue

Oregon Health and Science University goes where no hospital has dared to go: Support a 4 percent revenue tax

April 7, 2009 -- Thus far hospitals across the state are following the lead of the state’s hospital association led by President Andy Davidson, even though smaller rural hospitals wouldn't face a provider tax.

Refused Service: One in Five Rejected

Thousands of Oregonians denied coverage have little if any recourse other than paying more

April 6, 2009 -- A growing number of Oregonians are discovering the cold hard facts about individual health insurance. For starters, it’s not guaranteed. Consistent with years past, one in five Oregonians who applied for coverage in 2008 were rejected for pre-existing conditions.

Health Insurance Regulators Under Fire

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Regence wants a 19 percent rate increase while a former state senator says political pressure influenced last year’s 26 percent rate-hike approval

April 3, 2009 -- Attorney and former Oregon Senator Charlie Ringo accused government watchdogs who oversee the Oregon health insurance industry of an “outrageous breach of public trust.”


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