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PNS Daily News- February 15, 2019 


Shutdown averted and a national emergency declaration; A push in Iowa for virtual caucus attendance for 2020 primaries; and concerns about legislation that could hide oil pipeline records. Those stories and more in today’s news.

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Public News Service - OR: Mental Health

A study found 60 percent of patients stopped using drugs completely after 3.5 years of Medication-Assisted Treatment. (Drugabuse.gov)

MEDFORD, Ore. — In Oregon, care facilities are turning to medication to help some patients struggling with opioid addiction. Medication-assisted Treatment has been shown to be effective for dealing with symptoms of withdrawal. Doctors and nurses administer drugs such as buprenorphine to deto

Even a little exercise can help folks combat the winter blues. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - With temperatures dropping, a few tips can help Oregonians prepare themselves for the winter months. While days are growing gloomier and shorter, clinical social worker Laura Heesaker at Jackson Care Connect said it's important to stay positive. She said people should be clear abou

Developing a relationship with a primary care physician can be a way to get men into the doctor's office for regular checkups. (beachbumledford/Twenty20)

PORTLAND, Ore. — It's Men's Health Month, and doctors have a request for men: Get a checkup from your primary care physician. Doctor Safina Koreishi is a family medicine physician and medical director of the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. She said there's a whole host of thi

More students have mental-health needs and face issues such as homelessness than in the past, the Oregon Education Association says. (laterjay/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – It might start with pencil tapping and end with an outburst that forces teachers to clear the classroom. Educators say disruptions have become a big challenge to their jobs. In this year's legislative session, teachers from around Oregon shared stories of disrupted learning

Health groups in Oregon connect affordable housing to adequate health care. (Luis Tamayo/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Researchers find that affordable housing is an integral part of keeping people healthy, and even compare it to a drug prescription plan. New research published on the JAMA Network says investing in housing improves health outcomes for patients and lowers costs for the public

More than $200 million could be cut from the Oregon Health Plan if Referendum 301 is rejected. (Compassion Connect/Flickr)

THE DALLES, Ore. -- Groups are mobilizing to protect the heath coverage of 350,000 Oregonians from an initiative heading for January's ballot. Measure 101 challenges House Bill 2391 - passed by this year's Legislature and supported by most health insurers and providers - which funds insurance for

Coordinated Care Organizations provide health-care services to about 1 million Oregonians. (Alterfines/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's unique approach to bringing together health coverage for state residents is celebrating five years. Coordinated Care Organizations are the umbrellas to an array of services for people on the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid. In the pre-CCO world, said Er

A new program from CareOregon is helping the state's tribal members get transportation and more to access culturally appropriate health services. (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new care coordination model is helping Oregon's tribal members access the health care they have been promised. This week, CareOregon started its program for Native Americans in the Oregon Health Plan fee-for-service program, and developed it with nine federally-recognized

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