Tag Archives: Health Care

 Women’s health services face federal, state threats

Participants in symposium sponsored by Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic hold out hope for some positive changes in Congress and the Oregon Legislature. Source: Oregon Local News – Women’s health services face federal, state threats

A change to public employee healthcare could help Oregon schools, graduations rates (Guest opinion)

During my time in the Legislature, and particularly as co-Speaker of the Oregon House, Oregonians were clear about their priorities. They wanted us to increase access to healthcare, improve its delivery, and prioritize predictable education funding that would improve graduation rates while getting more money into the classroom. Source: A change to public employee healthcare […]
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Women’s health services face federal, state threats

Participants in symposium sponsored by Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic hold out hope for some positive changes in Congress and the Oregon Legislature. Medical services for women and children face political challenges, particularly from President Donald Trump and Republicans who want to undo Barack Obama’s signature health-care law. Source: Oregon Local News – Women’s health […]
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Legislative update: What’s happening with gun control, health care, transparency bills

Gun control and health care reform were front and center during legislative discussions over the past week, while three government transparency bills died in the Senate, never having received a committee vote. In order to have a shot at passage this session, each bill has to be voted out by a House or Senate committee […]
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 Massive health care cuts on possible budget reduction list

About 350,000 Oregonians would no longer be eligible for coverage under the recent Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion Source: Oregon Local News – Massive health care cuts on possible budget reduction list

Bend veterans face state’s longest wait times

VA says waits prompted by provider vacancies Established patients at Bend’s Veterans Affairs medical clinic waited longer for appointments than any other VA patients in the state as of last summer. New patients: the second longest. That’s according to a Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report on the VA Portland Health Care System that […]
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Oregon Legislature Gears Up For Packed Week On Marijuana, Other Bills

Lawmakers in Salem have a packed schedule ahead from now through April 18, the deadline for all proposals to advance out of their initial policy committee. What that means is, save for some exceptions, the window for introducing new bills this year is pretty much closed and Senate and House committees that handle education, health […]
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Oregon’s budget gap, from runaway spending, can be closed with health care reforms (Opinion)

In 2011 in the midst of economic uncertainty, the Oregon House of Representatives was evenly split, 30-30. During that session, not unlike the current one, we faced a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall. The difference? That $3.5-billion budget hole was caused by a recession beyond our direct control. This year’s $1.6 billion budget hole is self-inflicted and […]
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Guest Opinion: Blame Deflection Can’t Fix Obamacare

In 2016, four insurance providers (LifeWise, Oregon’s Co-Op, Trillium, and Zoom+) left the Oregon Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Choice has been narrowing for those who have to buy from health exchanges all across country, and Oregon is no exception. Last year, premium increases – for those companies that remained – averaged 27 percent. And with […]
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Oregon bill boosts reproductive health equity | Opinion 

Rights don’t matter if you can’t use them. Restrictions on reproductive health care have real and disastrous consequences for all people. They often have a disproportionate effect on communities of color whose members already face systemic barriers in gaining access to high-quality health care. Source: Oregon bill boosts reproductive health equity | Opinion | Eugene, […]
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