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Legislators Begin Working on Insurance Coverage for Autism

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Paul Terdal, who has two sons diagnosed with autism, has been shepherding the legislation since 2009

May 7, 2012 -- Although Oregon’s next legislative session is 10 months away, work is already beginning on legislation to establish requirements for health insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders and streamline the process of obtaining care.

A closed door work session was held at the Capitol on May 1, and included legislators, insurance industry representatives and autism advocates such as Portland resident Paul Terdal, the father of two autistic sons.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Sets Off Fury Among Members

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The latest move by Regence officials will require people to pay more money to see their physician of choice

May 2, 2012 -- When Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon decided to slash the medical benefits for people in the Portland metropolitan area, its management team could never have imagined the fury that it set off.

“It represents a total destruction of having a choice of providers; the only reason I chose Regence was because of its large PPO network,” said one disgruntled member. “I feel squeezed out.”

That woman spoke to The Lund Report on the condition that we wouldn’t disclose her identity for fear of repercussions from Regence.

The Lund Report Remains the Watchdog of Oregon’s Healthcare Industry

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Now it’s time to support our work and help us celebrate our third year anniversary

May 2, 2012 – Three years ago, I started The Lund Report to become the watchdog of the healthcare industry in Oregon. Since then, we’ve brought you stories each and every week that you won’t find elsewhere and done it with a very lean budget – by relying on award-winning freelance journalists.

Advocates Stress Link Between the Social Determinants of Health at Virginia Garcia Event

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Safe and affordable housing, food security, affordable housing, and access to education and mental healthcare all play a role

May 2, 2012 -- Good health is more than individual choices, said Kathleen O'Leary, public health administrator for Washington County, addressing a crowd of more than 300 people at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation's Fourth Annual Health Care Symposium yesterday in a conference hall at the Oregon Zoo.

Counties Hurt by Reduced HIV Prevention Funding

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Throughout the state, counties could lose 30 percent of their budgets as a result of funding cut by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

May 1, 2012 – When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it was changing the funding algorithm for HIV prevention last year, health officials knew they’d see a reduction in
funds because Oregon is considered a low-prevalence state.

What was uncertain, however, was how the Oregon Health Authority would distribute those funds to county health departments.

Court Ruling Denies CUP Injunction Request

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Lawmakers expect veto of budget proviso

April 30, 2012 -- Legislators representing Clark County are disappointed by a court ruling last week that will keep Columbia United Providers (CUP) out of Medicaid in Washington state starting July 1.

The health plan, owned by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and other area providers, had filed an administrative appeal with the state’s Health Care Authority after contracts were awarded to Centene and Molina, two out-of-state, publicly-traded insurance companies.

Planned Parenthood Sees Opportunity in Fallout From Komen Decision

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Providers are working to increase access of preventive women’s care to uninsured, poor women not on the Oregon Health Plan

April 27, 2012—Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood at the national level did not financially affect Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette, but its CEO, David Greenberg, thinks there will be some long-term impacts nonetheless.

Panel on Health Reform Focuses on Ditching the Insurance Industry

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Prominent healthcare critics speaking in Portland staunchly support and defend a single payer system

April 27, 2012—Three prominent critics of the country’s current healthcare system and ardent reform advocates appeared in Portland today to discuss their views on health reform, President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and what ought to be done to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare.

CDC Project Tackles Youth Violence from a Public Health Perspective

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Portland has been chosen as a test site to reduce violence among young people

April 27, 2012 -- Homicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24, and more than 700,000 people are treated each year in emergency rooms after being victims of violence. Exposure to violence during childhood is also a predictor of chronic illness and poor mental health.

Consumer Advocates Create Watchdog Group to Monitor CCO Development

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By sharing information and resources, they hope to make a stronger impact on CCO development

April 27, 2012—Healthcare and social justice advocates are joining together to form an ad- hoc “CCO Watchdog” group to closely monitor the implementation of coordinated care organizations throughout the state and advocate on behalf of Oregon Health Plan members.

The Oregon Center for Public Policy and Oregon Action are spearheading the effort.

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