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New VA Outpatient Clinic Open In Grants Pass

By Jim McCoy Tue 1st April Newshealth careVeteran's Administration
The new Veteran’s Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Grants Pass is now able to serve veterans in the Josephine County area. The new facility is three times the size of the old outreach clinic, and also offers a variety of new services such as immunizations, a medical lab and electrocardiogram. The new veteran’s outpatient clinic is located at 1877 Redwood Highway, and is open Monday through Friday.

Cover Oregon Says 7 Thousand Enrolled

By Jim McCoy Mon 16th December NewsCover Oregonhealth care
The director of Cover Oregon says the state's insurance exchange has enrolled an estimated 7,500 people in private health plans. The number released Monday is a significant increase over the 730 people who'd been enrolled a week ago. Cover Oregon's acting director, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, says many more people will be enrolled before the end of the month.Read More »

Cover Oregon May Leave Some Uncovered by January 1st

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th December NewsCover Oregonhealth care
The leader of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange says about 18,500 Oregonians who sent in their applications by the deadline probably won't get coverage come January - despite the state's promises. Gov. John Kitzhaber has repeatedly said that Cover Oregon's technical issues won't prevent anyone from being enrolled starting Jan. 1.Read More »

Oregon Health Exchange Executive Director Put On Notice

By Jim McCoy Fri 15th November NewsCover Oregonhealth careRocky King
The board of Oregon's health insurance exchange has put its executive director on notice, demanding to know when the website will work and how Cover Oregon will get people enrolled by Jan.Read More »

"Cover Oregon" Struggles

By Jim McCoy Fri 8th November NewsCover Oregonhealth care
The state of Oregon plans to hire at least 400 people to process paper applications for health insurance that still can't be purchased through a website. The announcement on Friday comes amid worries that Cover Oregon could run out of time to sign up enough Oregonians by the Dec.Read More »

Oregon Exchange Misses Goal To Function In October

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st October NewsCover Oregonhealth care
Oregon's health insurance exchange will not meet its goal of allowing online enrollment by the end of October. Officials at Cover Oregon announced Thursday that they'll begin processing applications by hand. They say they've received more than 17,000 applications so far. Cover Oregon was supposed to allow people to sign up for insurance coverage beginning Oct. 1.Read More »

Oregon One of Several States Looking To Control Health Care Costs

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th August Newshealth care
Oregon health officials are concentrating on coordinating services and preventing hospital stays. New Jersey medical centers are rewarding doctors who can save money without jeopardizing patient care.Read More »

"Cover Oregon" Launching New TV Ads

By Jim McCoy Mon 26th August NewsCover Oregonhealth care
Cover Oregon is launching a second series of television ads to promote the online marketplace where consumers can shop for health insurance under the federal health care overhaul. The three ads launched Monday are designed to educate the public about Cover Oregon. One highlights the ability to compare insurance plans.Read More »

Revamped Community Health Care Center Open

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th October Newshealth care
The newly revamped Medford Community Health Center is now open. A Wednesday ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house celebrated the finished work. The center now features 15 examination rooms, a community conference room labs and counseling rooms. Affordable Care Act funds, a Medford block grant and other grants helped finance the project.Read More »

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