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.”
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.
June 17, 2011 -- In the final weeks of the Oregon legislative session, negotiations on a monumental bill to transform the Oregon Health Plan have largely taken place behind closed doors.
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.
June 7, 2011 – A bill that sets in motion the creation of a health insurance exchange in Oregon passed the House of Representatives today with 48 votes in favor and 12 opposed.
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.
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.