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The Oregon House voted Tuesday to extend a tax on hospitals and nursing homes that provides a big portion of the state budget for health care. The 54-5 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where Republicans are threatening to block it. GOP lawmakers
Some say America has been homogenized, a chain-store nation bereft of regional distinction in dialect or dinner. But now this state, at the pioneer's end of the road, is testing the idea that local community difference is alive and well, and that
Oregon's state Senate passed a bill 29-10 to make smoking in cars with children a secondary traffic offense, punishable by fines of up to $250, officials say. Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican, a sponsor of the bill, specifically cited "Obamacare" and
A couple of years ago Oregon was facing a $2 billion deficit in their Medicaid program, with few solutions to repair the situation. The governor was reluctant to take the obvious step of cutting doctors' pay for fear that many of them would stop
The federal government has released the 2013 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, better known as the "federal poverty level." Oregon uses the guidelines to determine eligibility for some public assistance programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan...
Nov 29 2012 Like every state, Oregon is struggling with the unsustainable costs of taxpayer-funded health care programs. In an attempt to tame this beast, Oregon recently established a system of coordinated care organizations, or CCOs, to (as the
There is a serious cost problem in USA health care which no one denies. Yet when it comes to suggested solutions, there is a wide divergence of opinion. Attempts to use experts and evidence based guidelines for care are somehow viewed as government
The cost of an ambulance trip to the hospital could go up by $100, if a proposal by Ashland Fire & Rescue is approved by Jackson County. AFR officials say the increase is necessary because of declining reimbursement levels from federal Medicare and
Tom Keane, writing in this Sunday's Boston Globe , trots out all of the old fears and misconceptions about assisted suicide to scare people in Massachusetts to believe it is not an option that should be available to those who might opt for it...
Ore. (AP) The Obama administration on Wednesday approved Oregon's application for a waiver from key provisions of the No Child Left Behind federal education law. The approval of Oregon's application is conditional, and the state will ultimately have