Health Care

Oregon Medicade
5:02 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Care Groups Line Up To Receive Oregon Health Dollars

Oregon will change the way it handles medicade in the state.
Photo Credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

The state of Oregon is getting a robust response from health care providers to re-shape the way Oregon provides medical services to low income people. Before a deadline this week, state health administrators received more than 50 proposals to create regional collaborations. The strategy is part of Governor John Kitzhaber’s so-called health-care transformation. Salem correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Vet Care
4:38 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Murray Holds Field Hearing On Vet Care

Senator Patty Murray held a hearing regarding veteran healthcare.
U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Patty Murray held a field hearing in Tacoma Wednesday. She was listening to vets regarding the challenges they’re facing getting mental health care and jobs.

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Oregon Doulas
5:03 am
Wed March 28, 2012

More Mothers Look To Doulas As Oregon Explores Payment Options

Khai East used a doula when she gave birth to her daughter, Chloe.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - An Oregon health agency is recommending the use of doulas as a way to reduce infant mortality among low-income and ethnic minority households. Correspondent Chris Lehman explains what a doula actually is and whether there's any money in the health care bureaucracy to pay for them.

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Healthcare Law
12:12 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Two AGs, Two Different Views On Healthcare

Attorneys General (l-r): Rob McKenna (Wash.) John Kroger (Ore.)
Photo sources: Washington State Attorney General's office, Oregon Department of Justice

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear its biggest case in decades this week.  The high court will hear arguments about President Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, and whether key provisions of it are constitutional.  The justices have scheduled six hours of testimony over three days, starting today.

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Washington Helmet Proposal
5:12 am
Mon March 12, 2012

High School Athletics Helmet Proposal Stirs Debate

RENTON -- A proposal to reduce concussions in high school football is creating a lively debate among some of the state’s high school coaches. Monday, that proposal will be a big focus at a meeting of the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association in Renton. Ruby de Luna has details on the plan, known as Amendment 6.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Kitzhaber Signs Health Care Transformation Bill

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo courtesy Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed one of his top legislative priorities into law Friday. The Democrat was surrounded by lawmakers from both parties as he signed the so-called "health care transformation" bill.

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Oregon State Hospital
6:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

State Hospital Prepares To Open Final Wing

The tree in this courtyard was preserved when the previous State Hospital building was torn down to make way for the new one in the background.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon State Hospital is just weeks away from opening the final wing on its newly updated Salem facility. But many of the beds will remain empty because of budget cuts pending in the Oregon legislature. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Health Insurance Exchange
6:00 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Washington Proposes Health Insurance Exchange

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- If you buy your own health plan, you probably go through an insurance broker. By next year you’ll be able to shop through a health insurance exchange. Most states are creating their own marketplace for people to compare and shop for health plans. Reporter Ruby de Luna has a preview of what Washington's exchange could look like, and what to expect.

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Mentally Ill Youth
6:50 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Wash. Lawmaker Pushes ‘Evidence-Based’ Treatments For Mentally Ill Youth

Washington State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson
Photo Source: Washington State Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. – “Talk therapy” may work in some cases. But a Washington state lawmaker says it’s time to invest in evidence-based programs to treat mentally ill youth. This past fall we brought you a series of stories on failures in how the Northwest treats young people with serious mental health issues. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this update from Olympia.

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Murray urges continued support for womens health
5:04 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Murray Tells Supporters to Stay Vigilant About Women's Health

Photo Source: United States Senate

Initially the press conference was to denounce the Komen Foundation’s plans to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding. But when the foundation backed off after days of public criticism, Senator Murray revised her message. She stood outside the Seattle Planned Parenthood office, and thanked supporters for voicing their outcry.

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