Category Archives: The Lund Report

Tax To Fund Medicaid Approved By Oregon House

Oregon lawmakers moved one step closer to funding the state’s $950 million Medicaid shortfall on Tuesday. Source: Tax To Fund Medicaid Approved By Oregon House

Lawmakers Focus On Oregon’s Suicide Problem – The Lund Report (Premium Story)

Ten days before her 10th birthday, Sara Scofield was sitting in the kitchen of her Eugene home, waiting for breakfast, when her mother’s scream pierced through the house. “Get help,” her mother cried, running into the kitchen. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Lawmakers Focus On Oregon’s Suicide Problem | The Lund Report

Oregonians Seek Transparency on Vaccines

Amid a measles outbreak in the Northwest that has stoked the flames of a national debate over vaccinations, Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would alter the state’s immunization process. Dozens of Oregonians showed up at the Senate’s health care committee Monday to voice their support for Senate Bill 649, which would require that […]
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Insurance Rules Curtail Use Of Drug To Fight Opioid Addiction, Study Says

A two-decade surge in opioid overdose deaths has prompted health officials, addiction specialists and the federal government to declare opioid addiction a public health emergency. But researchers at Oregon Health & Science University recently found that a potentially life-saving drug shown to block the effects of opioids has gotten harder to access for a large […]
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Oregon’s Medicaid Director Wants To Step-Up Oversight, Drive Reform

Oregon’s former Medicaid Director Lori Coyner returned to the role Jan. 28, filling the vacancy she left in 2017. Her return comes in the midst of the state’s application process to cover the health care of about 1 million low-income Oregonians over the next five years. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon’s Medicaid Director […]
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Proposed Medicaid Tax Break For Schools And Small Businesses Fails, Causes Partisan Rift

Proposed Medicaid Tax Break For Schools And Small Businesses Fails. Oregon lawmakers on Thursday approved a tax proposal to help cover the $950 million hole in the Medicaid budget, but not without controversy. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Proposed Medicaid Tax Break For Schools And Small Businesses Fails, Causes Partisan Rift | The […]
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Bill Would Pave Way For More Body Donations 

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would alter the status of organizations that provide bodies to medical schools, hospitals and labs to make it easier for individuals to sign up as a donor. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Bill Would Pave Way For More Body Donations | The Lund Report

Can California Beat The Federal Government In Lowering Drug Prices?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s done waiting for the federal government to curtail the rising cost of prescription drugs. Newsom has his own plan to ease that financial burden — one he hopes other states can join or replicate. The Democratic governor said he intends to use California’s might as the world’s fifth-largest economy […]
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Legislation Aims To Reduce Barriers, Delays In Treatment

This session, Oregon lawmakers are looking at ways to ensure that patients do not face delays or denial of treatment because of restrictive insurance company policies. One such policy is prior authorization, a practice used by insurers to stem costs and prevent unnecessary treatments. Insurance companies often require pre-approval before allowing patients to access drugs […]
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Lawmakers Address Plan To Fight Rising Number Of Suicides

Oregon lawmakers debated a bill on Thursday that would create a new position in the Oregon Health Authority dedicated to reducing adult suicides, a problem that plagues the state. Source: Lawmakers Address Plan To Fight Rising Number Of Suicides