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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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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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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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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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What Does Gluten-Free Mean?

July 11, 2013 7:45 p.m.

In the past decade, the phrase gluten-free has gone from an obscure term to a household one. Supermarkets now devote entire sections to gluten-free products, and even beer makers have gotten into the act. But what exactly does it mean to say something is gluten-free? The answer has significant health implications not just for those diagnosed with Celiac's disease, but many others who experience gluten-intolerance. The FDA defines gluten-free as a product containing no wheat, barley, rye or hybrids of any of these. However, the gluten-free label is a voluntary one, with the only directive that labels not be untruthful or misleading. Some legislators, including Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, have called for universal requirements for gluten-free labels. The FDA has been working on labeling requirements for gluten-free foods since 2005. Recently, they sent recommended requirements to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Gluten-free advocates are anxiously awaiting OIRA's approval now that the 90-day public comment period has expired.

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Legislature May Intervene In Salem CCO Dispute

June 13, 2013 7:25 p.m.

Willamette Valley Community Health, the Salem-area coordinated care organization (CCO), is having trouble getting Salem Health to agree with the financial details of its healthcare plans. Salem Health runs the Salem and Dallas hospitals. Last fall it sued the CCO over what it saw as low reimbursement rates. Now a bill in the legislature could kick Salem Health out of the CCO. But stakeholders in other CCOs worry the law may hurt providers in other parts of the state. We'll check in on the disagreement that could threaten the future of the CCO in Salem.

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How To Coordinate Care

April 24, 2013 7:20 p.m.

When he's asked to explain how coordinated care organizations (CCOs) work, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has a favorite hypothetical example he likes to bring up. The example goes like this: There's a 92-year-old woman with well-managed congestive heart failure who lives in an un-air-conditioned apartment. A heat wave would be enough of a strain on her system to send her to the emergency room, which would cost a lot of money. Under the new CCO system, Kitzhaber argues, a community health worker would be checking in on this hypothetical nonagenarian and would prevent the expensive emergency room visit by providing her with an air-conditioner. Kitzhaber mentioned this example just last month when we interviewed him at the City Club of Portland and a few weeks later when he spoke to the New York Times. He also used it in a 2011 speech on health care reform and when he was on the campaign trail in 2010. This story left us wondering: Who exactly pays for the air-conditioner? Who decides it's medically necessary? And what about the doctors at the emergency room who never see this patient — how do they get paid under this new system focused on preventative care?

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Using Universal Screening And Assessment In Schools

Feb. 19, 2013 8:06 p.m.

After the shootings at Clackamas Town Center and the Sandy Hook massacre of 20 elementary school children, we've been exploring various responses and approaches to preventing such violence in the future. The idea of early assessment and intervention was an aspect of prevention that came up briefly in our show about getting mental health care to transition age youth (16 -24). The basic idea is that along with reading tests grade school kids get, there would also be a formal behavior evaluation. But what would that look like? Who would do it? How early would it start? What are the benefits? We'll ask those questions and more of Jeffrey Sprague, from the University of Oregon, one of the principal researchers in the area. And we'll check in with one of the early adopters of this idea in Corvallis to see how it's working there. 

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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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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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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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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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Kitzhaber Hopeful About Waivers From Federal Healthcare Law

March 2, 2011 1:13 p.m.

Governor John Kitzhaber says Oregon will soon test the Obama Administration’s flexibility in healthcare policy.

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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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