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EarthFix's Jes Burns fills us in on wildlife competing for water and resources in the Klamath basin. Then we learn about an effort to get health care to migrant workers. And an OSU researcher talks "exceptional" longevity.
Lawmakers are looking at government employee health care as a way of cutting costs. Eric Cain joins us to discuss his 30-year career with OPB. And we discuss other big news of the week.
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We talk about some big stories with our news roundtable, hear about a recently resurfaced Woody Guthrie song about the Vanport flood, and learn about some of unique challenges in administering healthcare in rural areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Costs will go up if Oregon sticks with the federally run healthcare.gov. So, the state is exploring other options.
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The health insurance open enrollment season opens this week.
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.
Governor John Kitzhaber says Oregon will soon test the Obama Administration’s flexibility in healthcare policy.
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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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.
The nation's new health reform law has ended "lifetime limits" for more than 1.3 million Oregonians, according to a new federal report.
When homeless people are housed, the cost of their health care drops by 55 percent.