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Oregon Bioscience Association receives $200,000 grant - Portland Business Journal
Insurers may soon help kick the habit - The Register Guard
Hat's off to Oregon's new tobacco cessation law - The Oregonian
Senate passes bill to help smokers quit - KTVZ Television
Prescription fight - KOIN Television
Health Insurer Code of Conduct - KOIN Television, CBS Ch. 6
Oregon Bioscience Association receives $200,000 grant
August 3, 2009
Portland Business Journal
The Oregon Bioscience Association announced on Monday that it has received a $200,000 grant aimed at training employees of Oregon's biotech industry. The grant, from Worksystems Inc., will underwrite the BioPro Work Force Training Program, now in its second year...
SALEM - If you're a smoker who wants to become an ex-smoker, your insurance may soon help you pay the cost of kicking the habit.
Oregon is about to become the seventh state in the country to require that health insurers include smoking cessation as a covered benefit. Under Senate Bill 734, which passed the Legislature and awaits Gov. Ted Kulongoski's expected signature, insurance policies must reimburse enrollees 15 or older up to $500 for a "tobacco use cessation program" - education or medical programs to help quit the use of cigarettes or chewing tobacco...
In my June 28 rant about President Barack Obama's addiction to nicotine, I wish I had mentioned an excellent bill that was passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature and signed by Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
Senate Bill 734 requires insurers in Oregon to include reimbursement of at least $500 for enrolled members who enter physician-recommended tobacco cessation programs that follow U.S. Public Health Service guidelines. A lot of private insurance companies offer some support for people who want to quit smoking, but most do not include it as one of their core benefits as the new Oregon law requires, and some provide no support whatsoever...
PORTLAND, Ore.(AP) - The Oregon Senate has approved legislation to help smokers who want to quit. Senate Bill 734 requires insurers in Oregon to include reimbursement of at least $500 for members who enter a tobacco cessation program. The programs can include counseling, medications, or a combination of the two...
Anchor Jeff Gianola: "Now here's something that happens to me and I imagine it might happen to you. Your doctor may prescribe you one kind of prescription medication but your insurance may want you to take a cheaper, generic version of that drug. While insurance companies insist there's no difference, some patients and doctors disagree with that..."
Reporter: "A patient advocacy group launched a petition in Oregon today to try and crack down on the decisions of insurance companies..."