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James Toews to Brief Legislators on ‘Money Follows Person’

The Lund Report
Administrator of Oregon’s division for seniors and people with disabilities intends to testify at the December 15 Emergency Board
November 10, 2010 -- James Toews is likely to face another grilling by legislators about the Money Follows the Person program (MFP) when he testifies before the Emergency Board on Dec. 15.

Legislature Looks at New Approach to Work Force Shortages

The Lund Report
Rep. Mitch Greenlick favors the creation of generalist healthcare professionals who can work across their licenses
November 9, 2010 -- State Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) wants the medical profession to renounce specialization and instead create “new models of generalist healthcare workers who can work across their licenses.”

Greenlick Calls Proposal Evolutionary

The Lund Report
The state legislator from Portland would like to see pilot demonstration projects where physical and occupational therapists work together
November 9, 2010 – State Rep. Mitch Greenlick insists the tendency to create highly specialized niches of healthcare workers is making it more difficult to deal with the shortage of healthcare professionals.

Kitzhaber Towers Over Dudley on Healthcare

The Lund Report
Dudley’s 26-point plan to reduce spending draws from Kulongoski’s reset cabinet and existing state reports
October 20, 2010 -- At the only televised debate between Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley in the race for Oregon governor, an audience member asked a question about the deficit.

Democrats Face Tough Stand to Hold Majorities

The Lund Report
Key healthcare initiatives for Democrats hinge on control of both houses and the governor’s office
October 20, 2010 -- No matter who gets elected next governor of Oregon, Democrats face the tenuous prospect of holding onto super majorities in the House and Senate.

Turnout High for Insurance Exchange Talks

The Lund Report
After a series of public forums the Oregon Health Authority is left with strong public engagement but little direct mandate
September 16, 2010 -- This time last year, a series of town hall meetings would have garnered far different reactions than the cordial tones state officials have encountered recently in a series of public forums around the state about healthcare reform.

Rural Mental Health Shortage Reaches Legislators

The Lund Report
Kathy Moon, a nurse practitioner in Reedsport, brings this issue before the House Human Services Committee on Sept. 22
September 16, 2010 -- Kathy Moon never thought she’d become the voice for rural Oregonians suffering from mental illness. But as a nurse practitioner working in the small town of Reedsport, she’s become acutely aware of the lack of services for this vulnerable population.

Oregon to Look at Single-Payer Bill Next Session

The Lund Report
Advocates for a dedicated tax to pay for basic health coverage want to introduce a single-payer bill next session

August 25, 2010 -- A loose coalition of single-payer advocates in Oregon has taken the first steps toward developing legislation for the 2011 session


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