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Oregon Health Forum Closes Doors

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The announcement makes The Lund Report the sole provider of dedicated Oregon healthcare news

December 3, 2009 -- After two decades as a leading healthcare watchdog group in the state, the Oregon Health Forum has closed its doors.

The non-profit announced the news in an email to subscribers of its longstanding newsletter Oregon Health News and frequent attendees to the organization’s monthly breakfast forums.

Senior Groups Support Medicare Reductions

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Multiple senior groups counter Senate bill opposition by physician groups

December 3, 2009 -- Yesterday three of the leading senior groups that defend Medicare beneficiaries came out in support of the Senate health reform legislation.

The same bill has drawn fire from several physician groups over cuts to Medicare. But AARP, the nation's most influential senior group, backs the Democrat's bill in the Senate.

This from the Associate Press:

Insurance Division Fines Regence

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400 employees face layoffs by the state’s largest insurer

November 12, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield officials are in a world of hurt these days. Not only will the state’s largest health insurer lose 103,000 members to Providence Health Plan in January, but the Oregon Insurance Division has fined the company $5,000 for failing to provide information in a timely manner.

The Debate that Drags On and On

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If the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is any indication, the debate has just begun

October 27, 2009 -- How long will the health care reform debate drag on? The Hill newspaper says “deep into December and possibly beyond by a lengthy floor debate.”

If that seems like a long time, consider that the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been pending since 1999.

Last week hearings were held in the U.S. House of Representatives to move that legislation forward. Again.

Senate Compromise Bill Excludes Free Choice

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Despite offering up the public option, Sen. Ron Wyden says most Americans won’t have the option to buy it
October 27, 2009 -- Sen. Harry Reid made thousands of headlines yesterday when he announced that the Senate health bill would include a public option with a state opt-out clause.
 

Union Rules Own Takeover Legit Despite Federal Probe

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U.S. Department of Labor has final say based on a formal complaint

October 21, 2009 -- The American Federation of Teachers is maintaining its grip on the 3,000 nurses and health professionals who work for Kaiser Permanente and Providence Milwaukie Hospital following a four-month investigation.

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