Monthly Archives: February 2012

House Sends Healthcare Transformation Legislation to Governor’s Desk

By |February 23rd, 2012|

On a 53-7 vote today, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 1580, the healthcare transformation bill.  The bill authorizes the establishment of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs).  CCOs are local healthcare delivery collaboratives that will improve coordination of physical, mental, dental and other health services for Medicaid patients.  The idea is that improved coordination of […]

It’s Time to Pass Early Learning Reform

By |February 23rd, 2012|

Original Source | Oregonian
By Vic Atiyeh, February 21, 2012

As former governor, I have seen the exceptional things that happen when lawmakers come together from both sides of the aisle to take action. I believe Oregon legislators have one such opportunity in front of them today: House Bill 4165 gives our state an unprecedented opportunity to […]

Medicaid Transformation Bill, Key to Oregon’s Fiscal Health, Passes Oregon Senate

By |February 15th, 2012|

On Tuesday the Oregon Senate passed SB 1580, a bill to transform the way Health Care is delivered to Medicaid patients.  The bill is Oregon’s best hope to bring down skyrocketing costs while improving quality of care.

Oregon’s four largest business associations-Associated Oregon Industries (AOI), Oregon Business Association (OBA), the Oregon Business Council (OBC) and the […]

Restoration, Collaboration Key to Healthy Forests

By |February 15th, 2012|

By Kent Connaughton

Creating jobs, restoring our forests’ health and engaging local communities are key to what we do and who we are.  These goals were underscored recently by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement of $40 million nationally for 20 forest and watershed restoration projects.

On the Malheur National Forest, the Southern Blues Restoration Coalition will receive […]

Should Large Employers Be Included in the Health Insurance Exchange?

By |February 6th, 2012|

Oregon has led the way in the creation of a health insurance exchange to help consumers and small businesses purchase health insurance in a transparent method based on comparisons of cost and quality.

The Oregon Business Plan advocated for such an exchange long before federal health care was being considered in Congress.  The legislature is expected […]

Forest Restoration Projects in Oregon Receive Federal Funding

By |February 3rd, 2012|

Forest Restoration Projects in Oregon Receive Federal Funding

Yesterday Oregon scored $6 million in new funding for federal forest restoration projects, as well as an additional $800, 000 for a previously funded project.

The funding comes through the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program, administered by the US Department of Agriculture to improve forest health and put […]