SCOTUS Rules on Contraception Mandate

(CNN) — Closely held companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, cannot be forced to offer certain types of birth control coverage under President Obama’s health care law. In a 5-to-4 decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit corporations have religious rights. The high court considered appeals from the arts-and-crafts giant and … Continue reading »

Feds Find Health Care Enrollment Issues

(CNN) –  Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will be asked to verify their enrollment information. Federal officials say they have found inconsistencies in about two million insurance enrollments. They are reaching out to consumers to confirm their eligibility for insurance subsidies provided by the … Continue reading »

National Nurses Week

EUGENE, Ore. — Tuesday marks the start of National Nurses Week, and the spotlight is on the profession now more than ever. Oregon, along with the rest of the nation, is facing a shortage in primary care physicians. Nurses with advanced and specialized degrees, like nurse practitioners, have stepped up to fill the gap. In … Continue reading »

Lane County Opening New Health Center

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County is teaming up with a local health care group to tackle the problem of too many new patients and not enough doctors. Around 76,000 people in Lane County are now on the Oregon Health Plan, after getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. For local health care providers, the influx … Continue reading »

OHP Patients Without Doctors

EUGENE, Ore — A number of Oregon Health Plan patients covered through Trillium are being told they don’t have a doctor. They say it’s a because of the Affordable Care Act, that went into effect in January. Trillium leaders say there’s a major influx of Oregon Health Plan patients compared to the number of primary … Continue reading »

ACA Brings More Patients to Hospital

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hospitals are seeing a spike in patients due to The Affordable Care Act. Providence Medical Center said they have seen a 20 percent increase of patients over the past two weeks. Providence Emergency Medical Director Dr. Cory Bergey D.O.  said this is because people are taking advantage of their new health insurance. Most … Continue reading »

Lane County Facing Doctor Shortage

EUGENE, Ore. — Insurance plans are starting to kick in for people who signed up on Cover Oregon, many of whom didn’t have insurance before. Now, the search is on for doctors to treat everyone. Peacehealth officials say there’s a major shortage of primary care doctors in Lane County, and with the influx of customers … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Deadline December 4th

EUGENE, Ore. — Anyone who wants to have health insurance coverage by January 1st has until Wednesday, December 4th to apply through Cover Oregon. For months cover oregon has been spreading the word about the state’s new health coverage market place, and the first deadline is fast approaching. “The deadline tomorrow (December 4th) is for … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon for Small Businesses

EUGENE, Ore. — Are you ready for Cover Oregon? Under the Affordable Care Act, everyone is required to have health insurance, so everyone will qualify to some degree. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1. The deadline to enroll is March 31, 2014. Grant Lahmann, Small Business Majority Outreach Director, joined us live on KEZI 9 News … Continue reading »

Health Care Town Hall

EUGENE, Ore. — Those hoping to learn more about health care in Oregon can attend a town hall meeting on the issue Wednesday night. Senator Lee Beyer and Representative Phil Barnhart, along with other legislators, will be discussing the Affordable Care Act. They’ll also answer questions about how to access health care benefits. The town … Continue reading »