Health

Abortion rights protected in Oregon regardless of Supreme Court ruling

BY: - May 3, 2022

If the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision on abortion rights resembles a draft opinion leaked Monday night, women in more than half the country could lose access to a right they’ve had for 50 years. In Oregon, women seeking abortions would not see immediate consequences.  Over several decades, and even more during the past five […]

Next Oregon governor could change state’s approach to abortion after Supreme Court decision

BY: - May 3, 2022

In recent years, Oregon has established itself as a haven for abortion rights, providing access at no cost to Oregonians and creating a fund for out-of-state patients who can’t obtain care in their own states. That could all change after the 2022 election. Monday night’s leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would […]

Oregon Democrats lash out at Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 3, 2022

Oregon’s U.S. senators reacted with anger, sadness and resolution to the release of a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade that guaranteed abortion rights. “Five unelected justices acting as a super legislature are rolling over Americans’ rights,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat, said in a statement. […]

Kelly Hernandes in rear view mirror

Normal families struggle with abnormal lives

BY: - May 3, 2022

At least once a week, Kelly Hernandez tries to find her son. The search in Portland always starts the same: feeling tense and anxious, with questions running through her head.   “What will he look like?” “Is he well fed?” “Will I see him?” It’s Easter Sunday. A yellow bag sits on the back floor of […]

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States rush to revise their abortion laws as a major U.S. Supreme Court decision nears

BY: - May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Abortion access throughout the country could soon depend on a patchwork of state laws if a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by  conservatives overturns the constitutional right it established nearly 50 years ago.  The court’s decision on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is expected sometime within the next two months. But state legislatures have been […]

Rhonda Capello shows her doctor, Dr. Nat Fondell, her next prosthetic legs on her phone.

Oregon Health Authority will distribute $31 million to organizations to fight health inequities

BY: - April 29, 2022

The Oregon Health Authority will give $31 million to nonprofits, churches and other community organizations to reduce health care inequities in the state.  The grants aim to help the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who identify as people of color or those with disabilities, have no permanent home, belong to a tribe, are elderly or […]

Survey finds many Asian Oregonians experience hate crimes, harassment that go unreported

BY: - April 29, 2022

A survey of Asian Oregonians showed that half had heard someone use a racial slur, epithet or degrading language against them or their family. One-fifth said they or their family have faced a threat of physical harm or property damage because of their race. But most did not report it to police or the state’s […]

Health care spending accounts for one-quarter of household expenditures in Oregon, study says

BY: - April 28, 2022

Health care costs account for nearly one-quarter of household spending in Oregon, according to a new report from the Oregon Health Authority. The report, published this week, said that at 23% of expenses, health care is the single biggest household expenditure for Oregonians, followed by housing, utilities and fuel.  Insurance premiums and deductibles, which consumers […]

COMMENTARY

Abortion likely to emerge as key issue in Oregon governor’s race once Supreme Court decides

BY: - April 28, 2022

If you’re wondering what political issues aren’t top of mind for most Oregonians but may get there in coming months, abortion should rise to attention. It’s worth considering now, ahead of the upcoming primary election, for this reason. Sometime in the next few months, likely about June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a decision […]

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is the latest member of Congress to test positive for Covid

BY: - April 26, 2022

Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Ron Wyden, tested positive for Covid on Tuesday. On Twitter and in a news release, he said the infection was caught during routine testing. He’s experiencing “minor symptoms” and is working from his residence in Washington, D.C., the statements said. He will quarantine according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Oregon Recovers rally

Parents, recovery advocates call for immediate Oregon action on addiction crisis

BY: - April 25, 2022

Moms and others concerned about addiction rallied in Portland on Saturday, calling for the Oregon Health Authority to take effective and immediate action against substance use.  They included a father who lost his son two years ago after he consumed a counterfeit opioid pill he bought online that was laced with fentanyl.  They included a […]

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State funding $3 million in projects to improve lives of elderly, those with disabilities

BY: - April 22, 2022

The Department of Human Services is looking for proposals to improve the quality of life for elderly people and those with disabilities across the state. It will allocate $3 million to the projects, hoping to reach a broad array of the population, including those who have difficulty accessing services. Two-thirds of the money will be […]