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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 ]

Governor Kate Brown calls Special Session to consider $800 million in relief for Oregonians

| Dec 15, 2020 | Oregon

Governor Kate Brown will convene a Special Session of the Oregon Legislature at 8:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, to address Oregonians’ most pressing needs given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which have only been compounded by Oregon’s horrific wildfires. The Governor is asking the legislature to consider both critical policies...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Budget proposal, Biden era health policy, Vaccine science

| Dec 10, 2020 | Oregon

This is indeed a "dark winter," as was predicted. But, I'm hopeful that we are perhaps at our nadir. We are 11 days away from the days getting longer. We are four days away from the likely first vaccines to distributed in the US. And, of course we are zero days...[ Read More ]

Hospitals announce staffing changes and temporary morgues as COVID cases surge in Oregon

Emily Boerger | Dec 9, 2020 | Oregon

As COVID-19 cases in Oregon continue to surge, Portland hospitals are setting up temporary morgues and instituting staffing changes to deal with the corresponding influx of patients. As of Tuesday, there were 553 COVID-positive patients in Oregon hospitals. The previous bump in hospitalizations, which occurred over the summer, peaked at...[ Read More ]

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