Rep. Jason Conger

Bend Race Features Republican Surgeon Versus Democratic Veteran

The open seat in central Oregon has been rated a tossup by major media outlets. Two moderate politicians vie to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Conger -- former secretary of state candidate Knute Buehler and Army officer Craig Wilhelm.

The race to replace Rep. Jason Conger in Bend promises to be a close one, with the Republicans looking to add a medical doctor of their own to state politics and the Democrats turning to an Army officer who led helicopter troops in war zones across the globe.

Medical Equipment Exchange Bill Passes House

House Bill 4108 helps to coordinate existing programs to exchange lightly used durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs. The House also passed the bill to study the basic health plan and another bill aimed at youth suicide prevention.

In a state famous for its recycling ethic, medical equipment that could otherwise end up in landfills or lost in attics will soon be reused on a much wider level to help kids who’ve outgrown their equipment or adults who

Conger Gets Two Amendments Approved Casting Daylight on Cover Oregon

Rep. Mitch Greenlick agrees to adopt two amendments from Rep. Jason Conger that will make clear that the public can get copies of the First Data audit and will require the Cover Oregon director to provide demographic data to the Legislature. The amendments have been attached to a bill from Regence BlueCross BlueShield that will help the insurer save costs on supplies to diabetic women.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, agreed with two amendments from Republican Rep. Jason Conger of Bend on Monday that aim to provide the public with more daylight into the operations of Cover Oregon.

Cover Oregon Bill Passes Health Committee with Few Alterations

The committee’s Republican members failed to make major amendments to House Bill 4154 which included shutting down the insurance exchange and expediting an audit from the Secretary of State. Meanwhile, money from a lapsed premium tax should be able to cover the three-month extension of the high-risk pool.

The House Health Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that seeks to mitigate the problems consumers have faced in obtaining health insurance because of the disastrous rollout of the state insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.

Democratic Plans Extend Open Enrollment, Offer Subsidies Outside Exchange

The governing Democrats debated their plans to fix Cover Oregon with rival Republicans, who had their own ideas of what to do about the health insurance exchange debacle that has cast doubt on the state’s ability to deliver affordable healthcare as promised.

The House Health Committee debated Democratic plans to salvage the Cover Oregon insurance exchange yesterday, hearing several items that would require approval from the federal government to help Oregonians benefit from Obamacare who have been frustrated by the catastrophic rollout of the insurance exchange.

Health Committee Approves Basic Health Plan Study on First Day of Session

House Bill 4109 would cost an estimated $60,000 and task the Oregon Health Authority with studying the concept of a state-run health plan for working-class Oregonians who don’t qualify for Medicaid. It is opposed by Rep. Jason Conger, who didn’t want to restrict options.

The drive toward a Basic Health Plan for working-class Oregonians leaped over its first hurdle, as House Bill 4109 passed out of the House Health Committee 7-1 on the first day of the 2014 session.

Goldberg Cites Progress in Fixing Cover Oregon as Republicans Increase Cries to Pull Plug

Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, calls for state to shut down Cover Oregon and offer subsidies for consumers outside the exchange, but director Bruce Goldberg said many of the errors that have kept the website down were eliminated in the past week.

Acting Cover Oregon Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg hinted to the House Health Committee on Wednesday that Cover Oregon could go completely online by February, even as Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, told the director that the state should shut the whole exchange down.

‘Churn Bill’ Looks to Help People Switching from Medicaid to Cover Oregon

Starting in 2016, 60,000 Oregonians may find themselves moving between the Oregon Health Plan and Cover Oregon, and potentially losing access to their doctors or coverage of ongoing procedures. HB 2132 requires the OHA and Cover Oregon to take steps to alleviate this problem.


April 24, 2013 — Next year, the Affordable Care Act will allow people whose income falls below 138 percent of the federal poverty level to receive coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.


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