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Health Care Budget Hole | Foster Care Update | Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame

OPB | Sept. 19, 2016

We find out more about a massive budget shortfall in the Oregon Health Authority, the status of the state's foster care system according to a recent report, and a new addition to the Sports Hall of Fame.

News Roundtable | Hospital Monopolies | Olympics Preview

OPB | Aug. 04, 2016

Our news roundtable takes up some of the biggest stories of the week. We find out how hospital monopolies drive up prices. And NPR's Tom Goldman joins us from Rio de Janeiro for a preview of the Olympics. 

Oregon Insurer Shuts Down | RNC Day 1

OPB | July 18, 2016

Twenty thousand Oregonians will have to find new insurance plans when Oregon's Health CO-OP shuts down at the end of the month. Plus, our first day of coverage from the Republican National Convention.

African-Americans & Health Care | Raising A Black Son | DNC Preview

OPB | July 12, 2016

We get a preview of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and we learn about a Harvard study exploring African-Americans' relationships with their health care providers. We also talk to a local African American mother about the anxiety of raising a black son.

More Access To Birthcontrol Starts Jan. 1

OPB | Dec. 28, 2015

The law allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control takes effect in the new year.

Chronic Pain Patient Shares His Struggle With New Guidelines

OPB | Dec. 08, 2015

An Oregon man who says he's struggled with pain for more than a dozen years says one of his biggest challenges is dealing with doctors.

Delays For Pain Managment Alternatives For OHP Patients

OPB | Dec. 02, 2015

The state has put off implementing a new policy to discourage opioids and encourage alternative therapies for Oregon Health Plan patients with back pain.

More Help On The Way For Service Members With TBI, Other Injuries

OPB | Nov. 05, 2015

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has broken ground on a new privately funded clinic to diagnose and treat service members for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, and other psychological health conditions. 

The Challenges ALS Patients Face In Using Death With Dignity

OPB | Sept. 18, 2015

ALS patients face some specific challenges when it comes to using Oregon and Washington's Death with Dignity laws, which require patients to self-administer the medication that will end their lives.

Oregon's High Hepatitis C Infection Rate And Why It Matters

OPB | July 31, 2015

A recent report by the state's health agency shows that Oregon's rate of hepatitis C is 50 percent higher than the national average. We talk to a public health worker about why it matters and what can be done about it.

Chronic Pain Patients Try Alternatives But Keep Mum

OPB | July 20, 2015

A new study out published in a national health care journal indicates that a large number of patients suffering from chronic pain try alternative care but don't talk to their doctors about it. 

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds The ACA Again

OPB | June 25, 2015

We'll get analysis of the King vs. Burwell ruling released Thursday.

State Medicaid Money To Fortune 500?

OPB | June 09, 2015

Coordinated Care Organizations manage the Oregon state version of Medicaid on a local level. Trillium, the CCO in Lane County, is so profitable it's received a buyout offer from the Fortune 500 corporation Centene. Some locals are concerned.

Talking Business

OPB | May 26, 2015

Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.

Should Oregon Adopt "Right To Try"?

OPB | March 16, 2015

MONDAY: A proposed bill in the Oregon legislature would allow terminally ill patients in Oregon to try drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.

Is ZoomCare Changing The Way Health Care Is Delivered?

OPB | March 11, 2015

WEDNESDAY: ZoomCare is revolutionized the marketplace for on-demand healthcare. 

Making The Cost Of Medical Procedures More Transparent

OPB | March 09, 2015

MONDAY: Two bills in the Oregon legislature could require hospitals and clinics to post the costs of medical procedures.

Talking Business

OPB | March 03, 2015

TUESDAY: Suzanne Stevens, editor of the Portland Business Journal, joins us for our regular business news update.

Catching Up With Cover Oregon

OPB | March 03, 2015

TUESDAY: Lawmakers voted recently to dissolve Cover Oregon, but lawsuits over the state's failed health insurance exchange drag on.

Naturopaths Fight For Equal Status In Oregon

OPB | Jan. 15, 2015

THURSDAY: Naturopathic doctors are pushing for legislation that would allow them to be considered primary care physicians in Oregon.