New Salem program targets training for bilingual EMTs, health workers

EMTs with Metro West Ambulance prep for patients at a drive-thru Covid vaccination clinic in Woodburn (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Marin Arreola has seen the need for Spanish-speaking health care providers firsthand. He worked with the Interface Network, a community health organization, to organize Covid testing and vaccination events across the[Read More…]

Health insurers not following Oregon law requiring free reproductive health care, state audit says

OregonHealthCare.gov is the state’s website for buying health insurance coverage. Oregon’s governor, lawmakers and state agency officials have often touted the state’s reproductive rights law as one of the most comprehensive and equitable in the country. But there’s a problem: Many insurers providing coverage to more than 1 million Oregonians[Read More…]

State ‘back on track’ in creating network of addiction treatment, prevention services, audit says

A hallway leads to patient bedrooms for the medically managed withdrawal program at Bridgeway in Salem, where patients can detox from drugs and alcohol (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) The state’s implementation of a new drug prevention and treatment network to help tens of thousands of people with addiction problems appears to[Read More…]

Thousands of Oregonians likely to face sticker shock when they buy health insurance for 2023

OregonHealthCare.gov is the state’s website for buying health insurance coverage. More than 300,000 Oregonians who buy health insurance for themselves or through a small group plan are likely to see a spike in premiums next year. The health insurance companies that offer plans on the individual marketplace and those that[Read More…]

Oregon needs more financial aid for nursing students and more educators, experts say

Nurses staff a mobile vaccine clinic in Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) More scholarship money and perhaps tax credits would help stem Oregon’s nursing shortage, according to nursing students and deans of Oregon nursing schools. In an one-hour online discussion on Wednesday, they told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, that having[Read More…]

Lawmakers propose plan to expand access to primary health care, including visits to therapists

An empty waiting room at a Salem medical clinic(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal that aims to expand access to primary health care for thousands of Oregonians. House Bill 4083 would require insurers selling individual and group plans on the federal health insurance marketplace by 2024 to offer[Read More…]

Patients responding well to treatment following first cases of drug-resistant yeast in Oregon

Salem Hospital (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) One of the Salem Hospital patients infected with a strain of drug-resistant yeast is responding well to treatment, and two others have shown no signs of infection despite testing positive for the fungus, health officials said. Salem Health and the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday[Read More…]


Oregon health officials urge boosters, say Omicron surge will see thousands hospitalized by February

A nurse cares for a Covid patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) State health officials warned Friday the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is expected to put thousands of Oregonians in the hospital by February – more than double[Read More…]