Oregon

A volunteer unloads bottled water at a cooling center set up to help vulnerable residents weather a dangerous heat wave on August 11, 2021. Oregon is set to become the first state in the nation to cover some expenses related to climate change under its Medicaid program.  State health officials say the low-income health plan will cover devices such as air conditioners, air filters and generators.

Oregon will cover health-related climate expenses

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon is set to become the first state in the nation to cover climate change-related expenses for some low-income patients through its Medicaid program, as the normally temperate northwest region of Pacific is experiencing longer heat waves and more intense wildfires. The new initiative, which is expected to take effect in 2024, …

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Oregon pioneers continuous Medicaid coverage for children through their 6th birthday

Oregon pioneers continuous Medicaid coverage for children through their 6th birthday

Oregon is the first state in the nation to allow children covered by Medicaid to remain permanently enrolled until their 6th birthday. This means that low-income families will not have to re-enroll each year to insure their children. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement Wednesday morning, alongside federal officials from the Centers for Medicare & …

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Oregon gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers meet 'no pledge' and civil pledge standards

Oregon gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers meet ‘no pledge’ and civil pledge standards

KGW’s investigative series ‘Uncommitted’ explored shortcomings in the mental health system and high standards of forced care. Heads of state say they are open to change PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon gubernatorial candidates and state senators say they want to reassess the state’s standards for civil engagement and enforced mental health care. KGW’s ‘Uncommitted’ investigative series …

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'It's not just Portland': How high standards of enforced mental health care affect care in rural Oregon

‘It’s not just Portland’: How high standards of enforced mental health care affect care in rural Oregon

In a follow-up to KGW’s “Uncommitted” survey series, leaders in eastern Oregon share the gaps they see in mental health care due to civil engagement standards. HEPPNER, Ore. — In Morrow County, a rural county of about 13,000 people in eastern Oregon, District Attorney Justin Nelson is handling civil liability cases — determining whether people …

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Oregon State Hospital faces dilemma with judge's order to release patients early

Oregon State Hospital faces dilemma with judge’s order to release patients early

A federal judge has ordered the state psychiatric hospital to begin releasing patients because others who need treatment are spending weeks in jail waiting to enter. SALEM, Ore. — Oregon State Hospital will begin releasing a batch of patients each month on Oct. 12 because the hospital is so full people are delaying treatment while …

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