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The Changeover: Health Care Prescriptions

As the new administration takes shape in this New Year, we’re beginning a series looking at the new Cabinet members, their likely policies, and how those policies will affect life in the Northwest. And we’re starting with health care.

The incoming Obama administration will include Tom Daschle as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. Daschle, a former U.S. senator from South Dakota, will also take on the recently created title of Director of the White House Office on Health Care Reform.

When it comes to health care policy, reform efforts abound. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has his own plan to get coverage for every American. Change is afoot at the local level as well. The Oregon Health Fund Board created a road map for statewide reforms that could affect how Oregonians access health care in the future. Among the priorities laid out by the board are an expansion of Medicaid benefits and the creation of a new state entity known as the Oregon Health Authority.

How will federal and state reforms overlap? What are your concerns as a patient or provider?




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