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Public Health Division Takes a Serious Look at Budget Reductions

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It’s too early to say how much revenue has been generated following the increased fees for medical marijuana cards, Dr. Mel Kohn told the Public Health Advisory Board

December 7, 2011 – With budget reductions looming as the February legislative session draws closer, Dr. Mel Kohn, director of the state’s Public Health Division, is being forced to take a hard look at making cuts.

 “There aren't a lot of places to go,” Kohn told the Public Health Advisory Board last Friday. “We're in a very difficult place, and it's going to be a very difficult session in February.”

Psychiatric Security Review Board Reforms Advance

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The board will continue having jurisdiction over Measure 11 offenders

June 24, 2011 — After weeks of sitting in a subcommittee, a bill that seeks to make substantive changes to the Psychiatric Security Review Board is headed toward a Senate vote.

Senate Bill 420 always had an uncertain road ahead of it as the bill made its way through the Legislature this session. 

Chronic Pain Patients Face Medical Marijuana Trouble

The Lund Report
Very few doctors are willing to allow opioids and marijuana together

June 17, 2011 – Christine Mullins was diagnosed two years ago with fibromyalgia, a condition causing complete body-wide pain. The only way she’s found relief has been a regular dose of Oxycontin, an opioid prescribed by her doctor.

New Law Expected to Promote Organ Donation

The Lund Report
People who apply for a driver’s license next year will be asked if they want to become organ donors in the event of their death
June 9, 2011 -- Starting in 2012, applicants for driver's licenses will be asked to designate whether they would like to be organ donors in the event of their death.

Hospital Association Raises Objections to New Provider Tax

The Lund Report
The hospitals are also upset over Senate Bill 204, which passed the House yesterday and gives the Oregon Health Authority the ability to lower outpatient rates based on Medicare payment methodologies

June 3, 2011 -- Legislators have reached a decision on increasing the hospital tax to ward off deep cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, but the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems insists the new tax will negatively impact them. Their leaders even protested to Governor Kitzhaber, but were rebuffed.

Legislative Logjam on Exchange Bill Rendered Moot

The Lund Report
A bill to begin to create a health insurance exchange heads to the House floor

June 1, 2011 – Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) was the sole Republican on the House Health Care Committee Wednesday to support a bill that sets in motion the creation of a health insurance exchange in Oregon.


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