Sen. Larry George

Health Systems Work to Block Impact of Self-Referral Law

A bipartisan bill crafted by Sen. Chip Shields and Sen. Larry George requires doctors to notify patients of their right to get tests or physical therapy from a provider of their choice, but Providence and others want to give patients as little notice as possible, and keep them inside their health system.

Editor's Note: An earlier version incorrectly associated an OHSU attorney with Legacy Health System. We regret the error.

Cogen Says Multnomah County Could Levy 50¢ Cigarette Tax

If the Legislature passes HB 2870 giving cigarette taxing authority to counties, the Multnomah County Chair told the Senate Finance Committee that Oregon’s most populous county would consider raising taxes by a half dollar.


April 30, 2013 — Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen told the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee on Monday that the state’s biggest county would consider a 50¢ cigarette tax if the state allows counties to collect their own tobacco tax.

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