Tag Archives: Health Care/Medical Care

Day-To-Day Financial Insecurity A Burden For People In Rural Communities

A new poll from NPR, Harvard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives a glimpse into rural life in America today, finding that many people living in rural communities live on the edge financially. Polling by NPR finds that while rural Americans are mostly satisfied with life, there is a strong undercurrent of financial insecurity […]
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Years Of Bad Accounting Threaten Harney County Public Health Services And More

A budget snafu will shrink government services in this rural Oregon county. Picking which ones need to go is a bitter debate. Harney County’s leadership has been miscounting public money for years and is trying to make up the difference with drastic budget cuts. The Harney County Court faced a standing room only crowd at the […]
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County drops birth control, pregnancy tests

After years of falling patient numbers, Jackson County Health and Human Services will stop providing birth control, women’s annual exams and pregnancy tests. The number of reproductive health patients has fallen every year for at least the past decade, from 3,208 in 2008 to 1,083 in 2018, according to county data. Jackson County isn’t alone […]
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U.S. pregnancy deaths are up, and over half are preventable

Pregnancy-related deaths are rising in the United States, and the main risk factor is being black, according to new reports that highlight racial disparities in care during and after childbirth. Black women, along with Native Americans and Alaska natives, are three times more likely to die before, during or after having a baby, and more […]
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Access, affordability highlight health care-related bills this session

Access and affordability are among the factors motivating several health care-related bills that are being considered in the state House and Senate.The establishment of a state health insurance plan to provide coverage for all residents, a reduction in the out-of-pocket cost for filling prescriptions and plans to help protect health care providers from work-related violence […]
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‘Diagnosis of dying’: How one man’s tumor exposes deep flaws in safety net for Oregon’s most vulnerable

Doctors found a tumor inside the abdomen of a man with developmental disabilities. Why didn’t he see a cancer specialist? Source: ‘Diagnosis of dying’: How one man’s tumor exposes deep flaws in safety net for Oregon’s most vulnerable – oregonlive.com

VA clinic in Salem plagued with long wait times for new patients

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs clinic in Salem is plagued with long wait times for new patients. The average delay to see a primary care doctor is 67 days, according to agency data. Source: VA clinic in Salem plagued with long wait times for new patients

State weighs costs of aging prison population

Lawmakers could end up spending millions to renovate and operate a facility for elderly prisoners. Oregon inmates are getting older, and lawmakers are trying to prepare for the extra care they may require. Source: Pamplin Media Group – State weighs costs of aging prison population

Oregon Senate OKs ban on health care discrimination

Also to require they cover chemical dependency. The Oregon Senate has voted to align the state’s health insurance regulations with the federal Affordable Care Act, expanding access to health care and prohibiting discrimination by benefit plans. Senate Bill 250 – which passed with a 25-4 vote Thursday on the Senate floor – prohibits health benefit plans from […]
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Review: DeFazio Forum Was Defacto Healthcare Report

On Wednesday, April 17 at the Corvallis-Benton Public Library, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) hosted a town hall to speak about access to healthcare and the cost of prescription drugs. Sharing the stage with Rep. DeFazio were Julie Manning, Vice President of Marketing and PR at Samaritan Health Services, Sherlyn Dahl, Executive Director of the Community Health […]
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