Jim Sellers, former Oregon journalist and state agency employee, writes a regular column to help thousands in Salem deal with the confusing world of Medicare and federal benefits. He’s available to answer your questions.
House Bill 4088 would step up the penalty for attacking a hospital worker and create funding for hospitals to prevent violence.
Democrats in the Legislature plan to create a new class of misdemeanor and add opportunities to avoid jail and enter treatment
Oregon lawmakers turned down a proposal that would have made addiction treatment mandatory when children don’t consent.
Treatment providers have “shovel ready” projects, and the Legislature allocated millions last year but the health authority has yet to make any funding decisions.
A joint committee of Oregon legislators is considering adopting a “deflection” program, which would allow a person to avoid a drug possession charge if they took an assessment and attended one more appointment to address their addiction.
Lawmakers are weighing an array of pharmacy bills this session that could rein in prescription prices and allow pharmacists to treat people for COVID-19.
Legislators listened for nearly four hours Wednesday as Oregonians shared heart-wrenching stories of addiction and overdose.
Most ideas to reform Oregon’s Measure 110 would need funding, but an amount hasn’t been set yet.
According to the report, the state will need more than half a billion dollars to increase the system that much.