sen. jeff kruse
Editor's Note: This article has been amended for accuracy.
May 9, 2013 — Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has moved to scale back a measure that would enhance the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, citing concerns raised by the American Civil Liberties Union.
May 8, 2013 -- A day after the Food and Drug Administration proposed new warning labels about the risk of cancer from tanning beds, the Oregon Legislature moved closer to banning commercial tanning salons from serving customers younger than 18.
April 22, 2013 — The Senate voted 17-11 on Monday to pass a less restrictive version of a teenage tanning salon ban than the one that passed the House overwhelmingly, prohibiting the practice for children under 17 without a doctor’s note.
April 17, 2013 — Jails and prisons are required by law to provide necessary healthcare to anyone in custody — the Supreme Court has said anything else would be inhumane.
But the minute someone is arrested or jailed, the federal government stops providing healthcare coverage, and many private insurers follow suit.
Editor's Note: This article has been amended from an earlier version to correct and clarify aspects of the program's implementation.
November 15, 2012 -- After months of negotiations between trial lawyers and physicians, legislators are optimistic about reaching a consensus on medical malpractice reform when they gather in Salem next month. All along the goal has been to find a way of reducing lawsuits while creating a safer patient environment.
April 25, 2012 -- In the nearly three decades as a primary care physician, Steven Butdorf has taken care of people without health insurance who’ve earned too much to qualify for government assistance. Now that the Insurance Division has issued new rules for retainer practices, Butdorf can bypass insurance companies and offer discounts to his patients. Those rules came about following passage of Senate Bill 86 in the 2011 Legislature.
February 1, 2012—Dental care organizations are growing increasingly vocal about the future relationship they’ll have with the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) that are expected to provide healthcare to Oregon Health Plan members in July.