health care

Oregon Discrimination
5:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Former Federal Employee In Oregon Awarded Back Pay For Discrimination

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner.
Credit Ken Lund / Flickr

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner. 

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Oregon Healthcare
4:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers To Grill Leaders Of Beleaguered Health Insurance Exchange

Oregon's health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:08 pm

Oregon lawmakers want to know why the state's beleaguered health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.

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Slow Healthcare Start
6:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Slow Start, Mixed Bag For Health Care Law In The Northwest

A screengrab of Washington's health plan finder website.
Credit Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The first numbers on enrollment under the new health care law confirm a slow start and mixed results in Northwest states. In Idaho, 338 people have signed up for health insurance that will start January 1. Washington's health exchange has enrolled 7,091 people. Oregon, meanwhile, comes up blank in the new federal report.

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Healthcare Controversy
6:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Congressional Incumbents Face Re-Election Heat Over Health Care Law

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
Credit U.S. Senate

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley Wednesday signed on to legislation to allow people to keep their current insurance plans under the new federal health care law. It's the latest example of how the Affordable Care Act could be a hot topic in next year’s election.

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Northwest Vaccinations
5:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Public Health Officials Say Measles Case Highlights Vaccination Need

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.
Credit ILRI/Flickr

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection. While the highly-contagious illness remains rare, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting an uptick nationally in the number of cases this year.

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Oregon Healthcare
6:05 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Kitzhaber Beefs Up Cover Oregon Staffing

Governor John Kitzhaber announced Friday that a hundred more part-time workers will be added to Oregon's health insurance exchange.
Credit Orna Izakson / Wikimedia Commons

Governor John Kitzhaber announced Friday that a hundred more part-time workers will be added to Oregon's health insurance exchange.

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Northwest Healthcare
5:46 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Online Hiccups Turn Health Care Sign-Ups Old School

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

It's hard to find anyone who orders anything by phone or through the mail any more, unless they're signing up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. With all the online snags in the first month, people are turning to some decidedly old school methods. And some managers in the northwest say snail mail and the phone are the best workarounds for the time being.

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Pacific Tower Repurposing
6:37 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Terms And Cost Of Pacific Tower Lease Raise Questions

Pacific Tower is a 14-story former public hospital that the state plans to lease for 30 years for a health college and center for non-profits.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The state of Washington is about to make a major real estate decision that supporters say will transform healthcare training for the next generation. The deal has also been called “a nightmare.” We’re talking about a proposed lease of Seattle’s Pacific Tower - former headquarters of Amazon dot com. Powerful interests – including Washington’s Speaker of the House – want to turn the Seattle landmark into a training center for future health care workers and a hub for non-profits. But internal state agency documents raise serious questions about the terms and cost of the deal.

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Medical Care Expenses
7:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Union Aims Slate Of Initiatives At Hospitals

A showdown may be looming over the cost of hospital care on the Oregon ballot next year. A union that represents health care workers filed five initiative petitions Monday that could set up a costly election battle next year.

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Violence Reports at State Mental Hospitals
6:53 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Violence A 'Contant Disruption' At State's Mental Hospitals

The main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

A new report says violence is a “constant disruption” at Washington state’s two main psychiatric hospitals. But the CEO of the state’s biggest mental hospital isn't sold on some of the findings.

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