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5 Things Oregon: Health policy preview, Committee membership, Vaccine rollout

| Jan 14, 2021 | Oregon

If you understand the unique character of our republican democracy, you can find calm in this anxious time. In six days, Joe Biden will be inaugurated President of the United States. He may not have been your candidate. That disappointment is a luxury of being in a democracy. The orderly...[ Read More ]

Speaker Kotek announces committee assignments and new special committees

Emily Boerger | Jan 4, 2021 | Oregon

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Thursday announced the new House committee assignments for the 2021 Legislative Session. The list includes membership changes to the House’s health-related committees and new special committees dedicated to wildfire recovery and redistricting.     Rep. Rachel Prusak will take over as Chair of the...[ Read More ]

Six Oregon counties COVID-19 risk levels will be lowered on January 1st

Sydney Kurle | Dec 29, 2020 | Oregon

Governor Kate Brown’s office announced six counties in Oregon will see fewer restrictions by Friday due to a lower number of coronavirus cases.  In the state’s four-tiered “risk level” system, 24 counties will remain at extreme risk, five will be in high risk and seven counties will be at a...[ Read More ]

Oregon Legislators pass COVID relief packages in a third special session

Sydney Kurle | Dec 22, 2020 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature reconvened Monday in a third special session to provide relief to Oregonians. Lawmakers came together amidst protests outside the capitol to pass $800 million in COVID and wildfire relief packages.     In a one-day session called to address several pandemic and wildfire related crises, lawmakers were...[ Read More ]

Oregon health care leaders present their legislative concepts for the 2021 session

Sydney Kurle | Dec 21, 2020 | Oregon

During a remote committee meeting on Thursday the House Interim Committee on Health Care met to discuss their legislative concepts for the 2021 legislative session. Most notable among these concepts was the legislators’ commitment to addressing equity in health care, the social determinants of health, and health care affordability.  ...[ Read More ]

OHA report on climate change and health exposes inequities

Sydney Kurle | Dec 16, 2020 | Oregon

A new climate change report from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA)  says that as natural disasters worsen, the health effects of these events will disproportionately affect communities of color, tribal communities, and people of lower income status.      The report, Climate and Health in Oregon 2020 report, builds on...[ Read More ]

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