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Healthcare News Update

June 10, 2014 7:45 p.m.

We check in with The Lund Report's executive editor about Cover Oregon, hospital mergers, health insurance rates, and more.

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Providing Healthcare For Transgender Oregonians

Jan. 6, 2015 8:06 p.m.

This January, Oregon joined a small group of states where transgender people can get health care coverage for gender dysphoria.

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President Obama Speaks on Russia, Healthcare and the Economy

Aug. 9, 2013 8:06 p.m.

President Obama will hold a press conference today at noon. Topics will include Russian relations, Edward Snowden and the state of the economy. We'll have reactions to the speech with our News Roundtable immediately following the press conference.

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Gauging The State Of Healthcare At OHSU

March 11, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Portland's largest private employer, Oregon Health & Science University, recently announced a hiring freeze. Chief financial officer, Lawrence Furnstahl says while there will be some select hiring for critical staff, the freeze is necessary to contain costs. Since most federal research money comes from discretionary spending, sequestration is hitting OHSU and other research institutions hard, Furnstahl says. OHSU relies on the federal government for about 40 percent of its two billion dollar budget. Furnstahl told the Portland Business Journal that the uncertainty of federal funds and the rising cost of public employee retirement benefits are prompting OHSU to do some serious belt-tightening.

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Getting Mental Healthcare To Transition Age Youth

Jan. 9, 2013 8:06 p.m.

After the mall shooting deaths of two people at Clackamas Town Center and the incomprehensible loss of 20 young children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, we're looking into some of the potential ways to prevent such tragedies. We've discussed security in schools, mental health resources for parents and kids, and most recently, gun laws. On this show, we'll find out what kind of mental health care is available to youth ages 16-25, also called "Transition Age Youth." That's generally the age range of those who commit these kinds of unspeakable acts of violence. And it's the age group that several years ago, the state found was 80 percent less likely (pdf) to get the mental health care they need compared with other age groups. 

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Obama's Healthcare Compromise

Feb. 10, 2012 5:50 p.m.

The Obama administration has announced a new compromise for contraceptive coverage for women working for religiously affiliated employers. Under the new plan employers like charities or hospitals with religious affiliations will not be required to pay for contraceptive coverage.

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HHS Nominee Wants Money Back From Failed Exchanges

May 20, 2014 7:06 p.m.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nominee, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, says she'd like to retrieve federal money from states like Oregon whose healthcare exchange has failed.

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Cover Oregon Transitions To The Federal System

June 18, 2014 7:06 p.m.

We'll get a progress report on Oregon's switch over from the state's failed health insurance exchange website to the federal healthcare.gov.

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Is ZoomCare Changing The Way Health Care Is Delivered?

March 11, 2015 7:06 p.m.

ZoomCare revolutionized the marketplace for on-demand healthcare.

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Urban Versus Rural Health Care Premiums

Dec. 16, 2014 8:06 p.m.

Diane Lund-Muzikant joins us for an update on health care premiums under the Affordable Care Act, following the Dec. 15 deadline to re-enroll for healthcare coverage.

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Does Giving Newly Released Prisoners Healthcare Reduce Recidivism?

Aug. 5, 2014 7 a.m.

Scientists are studying Oregon's prisoners to see whether getting health insurance will curb recidivism.

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Study Suggests Housing Homeless Could Lower Healthcare Costs

April 11, 2014 10:24 p.m.

When homeless people are housed, the cost of their health care drops by 55 percent. 

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Few Problems At Healthcare.Gov For Oregonians - So Far

Nov. 17, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Oregon's trouble with health insurance exchanges could be over. Enrollment at healthcare.gov opened this weekend and so far, it appears to be running smoothly.

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Oregon Counting On Numbers To Help Track Healthcare Reform

March 21, 2013 1:27 p.m.

A year from now, how will the state know if health care reforms are working? By tracking a host of measures, and watching to see if they improve.

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Study: Affordable Care Act Has Provided 71M With Healthcare

March 18, 2013 8:58 p.m.

It's been three years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act.

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Healthcare Act Ends 'Lifetime Limits' For 1.3 Million Oregonians

March 5, 2012 4:31 p.m.

The nation's new health reform law has ended "lifetime limits" for more than 1.3 million Oregonians, according to a new federal report.

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Consumers Might Get Healthcare Refunds Under the Affordable Care Act

June 20, 2012 6 a.m.

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to cut the cost of health insurance administration. And to do that, the law sets limits on how much companies can spend things like bonuses, salaries and marketing. Failure to meet those limits could result in a refund for consumers. 

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Health Authority Tries To Sort Out The Benefits Of New Healthcare Laws

Sept. 13, 2010 6 a.m.

The Oregon Health Authority is holding a meeting in Portland  Monday  to gather public input on how to put new federal healthcare laws into effect.

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