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Your ZIP Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

Friday, August 04, 2017

Health care forms increasingly ask about more than just medical history. That's because doctors are beginning to understand that patients' stress, and how and where they live, influence health, too.


Emergency Room Use Stays High In Oregon Medicaid Study

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Health officials hoped giving more people health insurance would curtail their use of expensive emergency rooms for routine medical care. But data from Oregon suggest their overall ER use didn't drop.


Neither Male Nor Female: Oregon Resident Legally Recognized As Third Gender

Friday, June 17, 2016

A judge in Oregon has allowed 52-year-old Jamie Shupe, a retired Army tank mechanic, to identify as "non-binary" instead of male or female. It's widely believed to be the first such case in the U.S.


To Curb Pain Without Opioids, Oregon Looks To Alternative Treatments

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Acupuncture and massage haven't been proven to ease pain better than drugs — and may cost more. But Oregon hopes these sorts of alternatives to pills will reduce the societal costs of opioid abuse.


An Explicit Contract Makes Surrogacy Viable For An Oregon Woman

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Carrying a child for someone unable to become pregnant can be a legal and ethical minefield. In Oregon, lenient laws and strict contracts have made surrogacy a more appealing option for women.


Puberty Suppression Now A Choice For Teens On Medicaid In Oregon

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Medicaid in Oregon now pays for medication to suppress puberty in teens who may want to change their gender. Oregon officials decided the benefits outweigh possible trade-offs of stopping puberty.


Netanyahu: 'I'm Not Trying To Kill Any Deal' With Iran

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Israeli leader, who appeared on CNN and NBC, urged the U.S. and Western powers to seek a better agreement to limit Tehran's nuclear program.


College Rape Case Shows A Key Limit To Medical Privacy Law

Monday, March 09, 2015

A woman who is suing the University of Oregon for mishandling her rape case could have her own medical records used against her in court. Yes, that's legal.


Many Of Oregon's Coastal Schools, Hospitals And Fire Stations At Tsunami Risk

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The buildings are in the tsunami zone, meaning they'd likely be washed away in the event of a massive earthquake and tsunami. Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance of a major ...


In Oregon, Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Care

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Oregon Health Plan just started covering the cost of reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for transgender people. Oregon joins a handful of states that provide such coverage through Medicaid.

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High-Profile Case Brings New Attention To Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law

Monday, November 03, 2014

Over the weekend, Brittany Maynard used Oregon's Death with Dignity law to end her own life. Since Oregon's law first passed in 1994, hundreds have used it to prevent suffering at the ends of life.


In The Hospital, A Bad Translation Can Destroy A Life

Monday, October 27, 2014

When patient and doctor don't speak the same language, it's not enough to have an ad hoc interpreter. You need an adult fluent in both languages — who can also cut through medical jargon.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Accuse Hospitals Of Misusing Discounts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Drugmakers offer medicines at a bargain price to hospitals that treat large numbers of poor patients. Hospitals sometimes resell the drugs at full price and make hefty profits.


Digital Detox, Step 1: Step Away From The Phone

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer vacation season has people thinking about how to sign off and escape from the Internet. Is it possible? All Things Considered wants to know about your attempt at a digital detox.


Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Oregon has been "all in" on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients' care better, and, of course, the state's own online marketplace to sell ...


Wave Of Newly Insured Patients Strains Oregon Health Plan

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Cheryl Stumph and her family haven't had health insurance for years. Now that they do, they plan to take make up for lost time. Pent-up demand for care is overwhelming an Oregon health plan.


Oregon's State Exchange May Be Worse Than

Monday, November 04, 2013

As the federal government consumes humble pie over failures in the health insurance exchanges, some states that have set up their own exchanges are also struggling. Oregon has yet to enroll one single person, and it's been reduced to pawing through paper applications to figure out eligibility.

When Cover Oregon ...


How Oregon Is Getting 'Frequent Fliers' Out Of The ER

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Forty-year-old Jeremie Seals has had a tough life.

He left home at 14, and his health isn't good. He had a heart attack when he was 35. He has congestive heart failure, and nerve pain in his legs that he says is "real bad."

"Long story short, I'm terminal," he ...


Oregon's Math Problem: How To Measure Health?

Friday, April 26, 2013

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to track the health of a population: the average blood pressure, the rate of mental illness and the average weight.

Epidemiologists have been collecting these data for years, but now, in Oregon, there is cold, hard cash riding on measurements like these.



Law Says Insurers Should Pay For Breast Pumps, But Which Ones?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pediatricians and health officials are eager to encourage breast-feeding as one of the best and most economical ways to protect a baby's health.

To that end, the federal Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance plans provide new mothers with equipment and services to help make those feedings ...