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Oregon Health Care
4:14 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Universal Health Care Advocates Say Insurance Expansion Isn’t Enough

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:45 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is working to expand medical coverage under the federal health care overhaul. But advocates of universal health care say it doesn’t go far enough. They rallied on the steps of the state capitol in Salem Monday -- the first day of work for the 2013 legislative session.

Among the rally's speakers was Wes Brain from southern Oregon. He said he has had cancer, and his daughter died of Leukemia four years ago. He believes there were unnecessary barriers for her treatment.

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Malpractice Law
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Medical Liability Limit Set For Legislative Debate

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 7:07 pm

SALEM, Ore. - For decades, Oregon’s trial lawyers and doctors have battled over medical malpractice. Now, the state’s physician governor has brokered a deal aimed at reducing medical malpractice lawsuits. It’s one of the high-profile issues in the legislative session that gets underway Monday. But the state's medical community is deeply divided over the proposal.

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Malpractice Laws
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Return To Salem, Will Consider Medical Malpractice Proposal

A long-festering dispute between Oregon doctors and trial lawyers may be closer to a resolution. The two groups have reached a deal aimed at reducing the cost of medical malpractice litigation. It’s one of many subjects of debate when Oregon lawmakers return to the capitol Monday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Inslee Appointments
6:36 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Shipbuilder Executive To Lead Washington Social Services Agency

A shipbuilding executive with no social work experience will head Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced that appointment and four other cabinet picks Thursday. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Wash. State Cabinet
4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Shipbuilder Executive To Lead Washington Social Services Agency

Shawn Murphy Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 4:02 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A shipbuilding executive with no social work experience will head Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced that appointment and four other cabinet picks Thursday.

Inslee’s choice for DSHS Secretary is former Democratic State Senator Kevin Quigley. He’s far from an agency insider. In fact most recently he was a president with Vigor Industrial, a major shipbuilder. At one point Quigley ran the company’s Everett shipyard.

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Flu Season
4:34 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Flu Activity On The Rise

Flu activity is very hard to predict.
Credit Tennessee Department of Health website

We're into the flu season in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Medical Malpractice Insurance
4:12 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers To Take Up Medical Malpractice Proposal

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 1:07 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will consider a possible cure for a chronic pain in the neck for doctors and hospitals. Governor John Kitzhaber says he's helped broker a deal between lawyers and doctors about curbing the cost of liability insurance.

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Northwest News
2:42 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Patients Rush To Have Surgery Before New Year Resets Clock

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 2:19 pm

One of the busiest places to be this time of year is the operating room. But it's not because of holiday accidents. Huge numbers of patients have surgery in December by choice.

Dr. Tim Smith is a sinus surgeon at Oregon Health and Science University. The week before Christmas this year, he performed 10 surgeries in three days.

“We joke with one another that people think it's busy at the mall this time of year, they ought to check out their outpatient surgery centers.”

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Mental Health Care
6:18 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Newtown Shooting Raises Questions About Mental Health Funding

Little information is available yet to conclude whether the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut was diagnosed with or treated for mental illness. But last week’s incident has raised questions around the country about mental health--specifically, funding for mental health treatment and services. Ruby de Luna looks at how Washington’s mental health services have fared over the years.

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Well Contamination
4:54 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Dairies Fight EPA Nitrate Study

Feeding dairy cattle.
Credit http://www.ars.usda.gov

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Washington dairy industry is fighting a report from the Environmental

Protection Agency. The report found that dairies are likely contaminating residential wells in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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