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Emily Boerger | May 22, 2019 | Oregon

Oregon House passes bill aimed at medical debt and increasing access

Sara Gentzler | May 21, 2019 | Oregon

The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill (HB 3076) Monday aimed at preventing medical debt, in part by requiring non-profit hospitals to establish financial assistance policies that are required to reduce charges to low-income patients. The measure also sets a minimum amount that those hospitals and hospital systems must...[ Read More ]

Jennifer Kent dismissive of Medicaid drug bulk purchasing agreements with OR and WA

Emily Boerger | May 21, 2019 | California, Oregon, Washington

States along the West Coast are exploring the option of establishing bulk purchasing agreements as a means to drive down prescription drug costs. But, based off recent comments made by Jennifer Kent, Director of California’s Department of Health Care Services, it seems unlikely that California will team up with Oregon...[ Read More ]

Oregon HERC votes to table OHP expansion for chronic pain, change opioid tapering requirement

Sara Gentzler | May 16, 2019 | Oregon

On Thursday, Oregon’s Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) tabled a recommendation to expand Medicaid coverage to patients with five specific chronic pain diagnoses. The commission also voted to scale back recommendations for existing guidelines regarding opioid tapering for patients with neck and back pain. HERC, a 13-person commission appointed by...[ Read More ]

A first look at requested rates for 2020 individual and small group health insurance plans

| May 15, 2019 | Oregon

Oregon consumers can get a first look at requested rates for 2020 individual and small group health insurance plans.     In the individual market, seven companies submitted rate change requests ranging from an average 3.2 percent decrease to an average 13.5 percent increase, for an average of 3.3 percent....[ Read More ]

Oregon vaccination bills move forward

Emily Boerger | May 10, 2019 | Oregon

Two vaccination-related bills moved forward in the Oregon Legislature this week. One bill, HB 3063, is one of the most controversial and contentious bills of the session. The other bill, HB 2220, has received near-unanimous support on its path through both chambers. HB 3063 would remove personal, philosophical, and religious...[ Read More ]

Florida's meeting with Trump Administration on drug import bill signals promise for other states

Emily Viles | May 8, 2019 | Colorado, Oregon, Utah

On Monday, President Donald Trump directed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to work with Florida’s governor on the state’s drug importation program. A meeting between Azar and Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, was held in the oval office. The goal of the meeting was to gain approval for the...[ Read More ]

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