Rep. Jason Conger

Greenlick Wants Public Comment Period, but CCOs Resist

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The chair of the House Health Committee has proposed a compromise version of earlier legislation that would have subjected coordinated care organizations to the public meetings law. HB 2960 would require private board meetings to have a public comment period and open advisory councils to public.

 

April 16, 2013 — Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has put forth a compromise bill that would ensure greater public scrutiny of coordinated care organizations without putting them under Oregon’s public meetings law.

House Committee Votes to Require Insurers to Pay for Court-Ordered Treatment

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Regence BlueCross BlueShield opposes the provision, arguing to keep current law where private insurers have the option to deny claims for alcohol or drug treatment if it’s a result of a DUII or other conviction

 

March 29, 2013 — People with drug and alcohol addictions who end up in treatment as a result of a DUII will get their treatment picked up by insurance if a bill sponsored by Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, becomes law.

House Unanimously Passes Legislation to Lessen Liability for HealthCare Professionals

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Assuming the bill makes it through the Senate, it would provide immunity from civil liability for volunteers who provide services without compensation

February 22, 2012 -- A bill that would lessen the liability for healthcare professionals who provide services to people and places, such as homeless camps, passed the Oregon House unanimously yesterday.

Rep. Gene Whisnant, (R-Sunriver), who carried the bill to the floor, said, “House Bill 4027A provides immunity from civil liability persons, who are described in the bill, who are registered volunteers with non-profit organizations and provide services without compensation. It allows people to help our most needy.”

Legislation Giving Nurse Practitioners Equal Pay Appears Dead

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Although the bill sailed through the House Healthcare Committee, Rep, Jason Conger succeeded in getting the bill sent to the House Rules Committee, where bills usually die

February 17, 2012—Legislation that would reimburse nurse practitioners at the same rate as primary care doctors failed to pass on the House floor last week as expected, and instead was sent to the Rules Committee where such bills usually die.

The motion made by Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend) seemed to catch people off guard, yet had bipartisan support with a 33-26 vote. Conger said House Bill 4010 needed to go to the Rules Committee because he was concerned about the definition of a nurse practitioner’s “service area.”

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