Health Care Mandate Delay Brings Relief

EUGENE, Ore. — Some local business owners are expressing their relief, now that one of the key provisions in President Obama’s health care law has been delayed for a year. Executives of Papa’s Pizza in Eugene say they’ve adjusted the way they do business to prepare for the health care mandate under the Affordable Care … Continue reading »

Gov. Kitzhaber Honored by First Lady

EUGENE, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber has one of the best seats in the house Tuesday night. He was invited to sit with the first lady at the State of the Union Address. Michelle Obama noted that the governor’s innovative plans for health care earned him his ticket to one of the most important speeches of … Continue reading »

Fines for High Hospital Re-Admission

EUGENE, Ore. — As part of President Obama’s health care law, hospitals will pay stiff penalties for high re-admission rates. Those numbers include any patients who go back into the hospital within 30 days of getting out. The government is analyzing reports. KEZI 9 News checked with Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, whose readmission … Continue reading »

Health Experts Say Reform Will Continue

EUGENE, Ore. — Some feared a Romney presidency would derail President Obama’s work reforming health care, while others feared a second term for Obama would mean even more regulations. Health care experts say they weren’t necessarily worried it would be re-pealed but there would have likely been a lot of changes. They say now they … Continue reading »

Health Care Meetings Set in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon is in the process of reforming its statewide health care system, and two local representatives are holding a town hall meeting August 28 to discuss how the reforms are intended to improve patient access and affordability. Representatives Nancy Nathanson and Val Hoyle will be joined by several health care experts as … Continue reading »

Health Insurance Exchange Moves Ahead

SALEM, Ore. — There are about 612,000 Oregon residents who do not have health insurance. That’s about 16 percent of the population. Oregon is further along than most states when it comes to implementing the health care law.┬áThe state started working on health care reform even before President Obama’s 2010 initiative. The federal government committed … Continue reading »