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The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

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Using people-first language to talk about mental disorders can help fight the stigma of these health conditions. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say we should think twice the next time we call someone crazy or mentally ill. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Chris B

Nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were involved in the first Gulf War. (PHC D. W. Holmes/US Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the first Gulf War. During the short conflict, nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were engaged. Dr. Ronald Grewenow, clinical director at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, says the war produced fewer physical injuri

Mobile clinics are becoming a popular way to serve veterans health care, according to Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Cottage Grove. (William Heimbuch/U.S. Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. - In small Oregon towns where there are no clinics to visit, the clinics visit the residents. Mobile clinics are gaining popularity across the state for people who have limited or no access to nearby facilities, and they are providing an array of health services. State Representat

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to make naloxone, a lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose, available without a prescription. (cohdra/morguefile)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Three people die from prescription opioid overdose in Oregon each week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, and lawmakers in Salem are taking notice. The House Committee on Health Care is expected to hammer out during a work session today the details of a bill allowing pharma

Backers of Oregon's Gatekeeper program say it saves the state money by training volunteers to look in on elderly Oregonians and those with disabilities. But state lawmakers cancelled its funding in 2015. (Store to Door)

SALEM, Ore. – Backers of a program that trains folks to be observant in their dealings with isolated Oregonians across the state want the Legislature to restore the program's funding. Gatekeepers are often delivery drivers, meter readers and bank tellers who interact with older or homebound

Affordable vision insurance is one gap detailed in a new report about the challenges many Oregonians face in getting health coverage. Credit: TPSDave/pixabay.com

SALEM, Ore. - The Affordable Care Act may have prompted more people to sign up for health insurance. But in Oregon, a new report says 383,000 residents remain uninsured. Some can't get coverage, and others can't pay for it. The Oregon Health Equity Alliance is a coalition making 10 recommendations

Jon Bartholomew with AARP Oregon says its survey found 85 percent of Oregonians want to live independently at home for as long as possible, with the help of family caregivers. November is National Caregiver's Month. Courtesy: AARP

PORTLAND, Ore. - Family caregivers in Oregon are getting more support to help them take care of the medical needs of a loved one. The CARE Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1, aims to better integrate a person's caregiver into the hospital discharge process. Jon Bartholomew, government relations di

The combined voices of more than 20,000 SEIU home care workers in Oregon have caught the attention of the conservative Freedom Foundation, a group that has launched an anti-union ad campaign and, this week, sued SEIU Local 503 and several state department heads. Courtesy: SEIU Local 503.

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon labor union is the target of a lawsuit challenging its right to represent and charge dues to people who don't want to be union members. The Freedom Foundation filed the suit Thursday. Some members of SEIU Local 503 say they're perplexed by the legal action. Meleta Christian

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