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Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years. She has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award for a long-term care facility story and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for an investigation into government failures to protect the public from repeated salmonella outbreaks. She loves to cook and entertain, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

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Regional leader for the federal health and human services agency meets with Oregon officials

By: - April 1, 2022

A top federal health and human services official is visiting Oregon for the first time on Thursday and Friday, checking on the state’s response to the pandemic, behavioral health care and workforce shortages in hospitals and clinics. Ingrid Ulrey, a regional director for the federal Department of Health and Human Services based in Seattle, is […]

Moderna shot

Oregon has plenty of vaccine to give second boosters to elderly, immunocompromised 

By: - March 30, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that the state has enough vaccine doses to accommodate hundreds of thousands of residents who now qualify for a second Covid booster shot. On Tuesday, federal officials approved a second booster for those at least 50 years old or residents between 12 and 49 who are immunocompromised. Federal approval […]

health insurance marketplace

State seeks individuals to outline new health insurance plan for low-income Oregonians

By: - March 29, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority is looking for people with a range of experience to help design a new health care plan to cover up to 300,000 low-income Oregonians.  The plan will mark a major shift in health care insurance in Oregon by extending taxpayer assisted coverage to low-income Oregonians who earn just a bit too […]

Woman in U.S. Army

Wyden pushes plan to expand breast cancer screenings for women in military

By: - March 28, 2022

A proposal championed by Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Ron Wyden, that would expand breast cancer screenings for women in the U.S. military has passed the U.S. Senate unanimously. The bipartisan bill, co-authored by Wyden and Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to screen all women who’ve served in […]

Oregon Health Authority building

Oregon pays record settlement of nearly $23 million in lawsuit filed by former Medicaid insurer

By: - March 25, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority has agreed to a record settlement of nearly $23 million in a long-running lawsuit filed by FamilyCare, Inc., a former Medicaid insurer. The suit alleged the health authority used bad data which resulted in the agency underpaying FamilyCare. The company insured about 115,000 Medicaid recipients in the Portland area. The firm […]

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden harshly criticizes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

By: - March 25, 2022

Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Ron Wyden, lashed out at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday, insinuating that he is “corrupt.” “In light of new reporting from numerous outlets, Justice Thomas’ conduct on the Supreme Court looks increasingly corrupt,” Wyden said in a statement. He called on Thomas, one of the most conservative […]

Abortion protest in Texas in May 2021

Oregon abortion providers gear up for increased demand from Idaho and elsewhere

By: - March 25, 2022

Oregon abortion providers and advocates are preparing for an increase in demand for abortions following the passage of an abortion ban in Idaho.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed the law Wednesday. It bans abortions after the detection of fetal cardiac activity, usually around six weeks, which is often before women know they’re pregnant. The law […]

Oregon Public Health Division

State recruits teens to spend $1 million in federal recovery funds

By: - March 23, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority is recruiting teenagers for an advisory council that will decide how to spend $1 million in Covid recovery funds. The agency wants the money to help alleviate some of the impacts of the pandemic on young people, who suffered socially, intellectually and emotionally from switching to online learning and curtailing their […]

Portland Farmers Market

Emergency food aid will continue for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians

By: - March 22, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians will continue to receive extra food aid for the next two months, the state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday. The extra aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, increases the monthly allotment per household by 60% to more than $460. Nearly 378,000 households – or more […]

Oregon State Hospital on a hiring spree with $10 million appropriation

By: - March 22, 2022

The beleaguered Oregon State Hospital plans to hire more nurses to relieve overworked staff and improve care thanks to another $10 million appropriation by the Legislature.  The money will enable the institution to convert 134 temporary nursing positions into permanent jobs and create another 94 positions. Fifty-seven of them will be additional nursing staff, according […]

chickens

Oregon issues bird flu alert to chicken owners and farmers

By: - March 18, 2022

A highly infectious and deadly strain of bird flu has been detected in a bald eagle in British Columbia, posing a potential threat to hundreds and perhaps thousands of backyard flocks across Oregon as well as large commercial operations with millions of birds. The strain is the same one that caused an outbreak in late […]

Student getting served lunch at Salem school.

Skyrocketing food prices are pinching budgets of Oregon individuals and agencies

By: - March 17, 2022

Oregonians and some state agencies are grappling with soaring food costs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail food prices have jumped 8.6% in a year, including a 1% uptick in February. Anyone who’s gone shopping has had sticker shock. Those who rely on public food benefits are especially vulnerable to rising prices.  […]