sen. jeff kruse

Sen. Kruse Quits the Senate in Sexual Harassment Scandal

Finally bowing to months of public pressure, the longtime health policy leader resigned his state Senate seat, effective March 15, after four female lawmakers, along with female lobbyists and staff members, accused him of unwanted touching.

Roseburg’s Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse is out.

House May Roll Back Bill Expanding Drug Monitoring Program

Rep. Mitch Greenlick opposes allowing the Board of Pharmacy to add drugs to the tracking system that are not controlled by the DEA, aligning his concerns with the American Civil Liberties Union.

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.

Conference Committee Wants Under-18 Ban for Tanning Beds

The move should clear the way for Oregon to be the third state to ban tanning for minors, and comes a day after the Food and Drug Administration proposes warning labels for the carcinogenic devices.


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.

Senate Votes to Set Tanning Ban Age Limit at 17

The Senate approved HB 2896 on a 17-11 vote, but to gain the support of Sen. Chip Shields, the bill was weakened from the House version, which would make it illegal for teens to tan under the age of 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.

Private Insurers May Be Forced to Keep Coverage for Inmates

Currently, the federal government and most insurers drop healthcare coverage for people if they’ve been arrested, pushing escalating costs onto county budgets and the Department of Corrections.

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.

Malpractice Legislation Nearly Ready to See Daylight

The legislative draft calls for physicians to discuss serious medical errors with their patients and, depending on the severity of the problem, offer them a financial settlement outside the courtroom

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.

Physicians Able to Bypass Insurers Under New Law

Patients pay a monthly fee for basic health services but would still need insurance for specialized care and hospital coverage

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.

Dental Care Organizations Express Concern About Transformation

Because dental organizations aren't required to participate in the coordinated care model until 2014, some feel left out of the discussions

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.  

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