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Oregon House comes to standstill due to COVID-19 and legislative slowdown

| Mar 23, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature learned Monday that someone who was present at the Capitol was diagnosed with COVID-19. Exposure occurred on the House floor on March 15 and March 16.  House Speaker Tina Kotek outlined in a press release Monday that the House will not return to the floor until March...[ Read More ]

Gov. Brown and OHA announce new vaccine eligibility timelines

| Mar 22, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an acceleration of COVID-19 vaccination eligibility timelines in a press conference Friday. Assuming the federal government delivers the expected vaccine allotment, all adult Oregonians will be eligible to receive a vaccine by May 1.  Beginning March 22, migrant seasonal farm workers in the fields will...[ Read More ]

Medical liability insurance rates are rising in Oregon with no indication of going back down

| Mar 18, 2021 | Oregon

Medical liability insurance rates are going up in Oregon due to an increasing number of medical defense cases in the last few years, according to Jeffrey Street, co-managing partner at Hodgkinson Street Mepham LLC.  Speaking at the Oregon Health Forum’s “Oregon’s Changing Medical Liability Insurance Market” event today, Street explained...[ Read More ]

Oregon State Senate Committee holds public hearings for bills that expand health equity

| Mar 16, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon State Senate Committee on Health Care held public hearings for several bills to make Oregon health care more equitable. These bills will fill in gaps of health care coverage for Oregonians from underserved populations. The bills are SB 557, SB 567, SB 641 and SB 706. All bills...[ Read More ]

All4Oregon vaccine center teams up with OHA to ease flow and scheduling for seniors

| Mar 11, 2021 | Oregon

All4Oregon mass vaccine center is partnering with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to make it easier for older people to register for appointments at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in Portland. Lists curated through OHA’s, “Get Vaccinated Oregon” campaign are used to reach older populations and give them individual, non-sharable...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Jeremy Vandehey discusses expanding coverage and lowering cost of health care in Oregon

| Mar 8, 2021 | Oregon

Jeremy Vandehey is the Director of the Health Policy and Analytics Division at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Mr. Vandehey spoke with State of Reform about the most pressing pieces of legislation moving forward and the importance of expanding coverage and equity within the health system in Oregon.  Patrick Jones:...[ Read More ]

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