sen. betsy johnson

State Agencies Seek Disaster Relief Map of Vulnerable Residents

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Sen. Betsy Johnson nearly quashed a plan for state agencies to seek federal funds to keep track of disabled and elderly residents in case of a Katrina- scale emergency, saying the agencies would be duplicating others’ efforts and stepping beyond their authority.

Task Force to Recommend Using Traditional Health Workers to Engage OHP Patients

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Cost sharing, health risk assessments also under consideration, while Rep. Jim Thompson is concerned about training available in rural areas for Oregon’s Hispanic population.


October 10, 2013 – Traditional health workers could play a major role in helping Oregon Health Plan patients engage with their care and improve health outcomes – that is, if the newly created Task Force on Individual Responsibility and Health Engagement has anything to say about it.

Tanning Lobby Wins Concessions on Teen Tan Ban

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Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, favors limiting the ban to 17, over the objections of the Knight Cancer Institute that 17-year-olds are most at-risk of developing melanoma from tanning beds

April 5, 2013 -- The tanning lobby won a major concession today in the Senate Health Committee, which voted to scale back a ban on carcinogenic tanning beds for minors.

DOJ Memo Reveals Constitutional Concerns About Medical Liability Amendments

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It was enough to convince Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), who proved to be the swing vote that led to the passage of healthcare transformation

February 17, 2012—The vote of Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), a crucial swing vote when the Senate decided to allow the Oregon Health Authority to move ahead with creating coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and overhauling the Oregon Health Plan’s delivery system, changed at the last moment because memos from the Department of Justice and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) revealed serious constitutional concerns about the proposed medical liability language for Senate Bill 1580.

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