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Body Double Standard

How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny.

In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical training.  That June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law    More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON

Green Rush

Legal marijuana crops are redefining rural Washington towns—and making one-time illegal growers and their new investors rich.

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Riverside, Wash.—Apple orchards, pastures and alfalfa fields fan out from the Okanogan River along an area locals call the Flats. The land here in north central Washington is baked amber, frin   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Just Say No Redux

Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.

Legal weed is coming to Oregon—that’s the conventional wisdom anyway. A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreati   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Senate President Peter Courtney Talks Up $200 Million for School Seismic Retrofits

The announcement follows criticism of Courtney's $252 million plan to refit and remodel the State Capitol


In his race for re-election, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) has taken heat from his opponent for his push to proceed with a $252 million seismic upgrade and renovation of the Oregon Capitol. As WW has reported, Courtney’s plans could come at the expense of making more than 1,0...   More
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

So Many Pot Events, So Little Time

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Washington growers, vendors and investors are gathering in Tacoma this weekend for the CannaCon conference, giving the state’s emerging industry a chance to compare notes for the first time since its recreational marijuana market launched earlier this year. Meanwhile their customers will be gathering for    More
Thursday, August 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

State Will Tell Insurers to Stop Denying Autism Treatment

UPDATE: Gov. Kitzhaber says he supports the move, will adjust PEBB plans


Seven years after families began asking the Oregon Insurance Division to intervene on their behalf, the state’s insurance regulator announced today it will issue a formal bulletin, clarifying that insurers cannot refuse to cover a costly therapy for autistic kids called Applied Behavior Analysis. The...   More
Thursday, August 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Oregon Health Authority To Cover Hormones, Surgery for Transgender People


The Oregon Health Plan in January will begin covering the costs of hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for transgender Oregonians who are covered under Medicaid, the state's Health Evidence Review Commission voted today.  "I’m really happy for everyone in the community," says Rebekah Brewis, a Portland woman who castrated herself in prison ...   More
Thursday, August 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

State of Denial

How the state of Oregon allowed insurance companies to deny treatment for children with autism.

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Soon after she turned 8, Elie Riehl began punching herself in the face and slamming her knees into her head.   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregonians Smoke More Weed Than Tokers in States With Legal Rec Use


Smokers in Oregon, Alaska, Vermont and Rhode Island consume more weed than either Washington state or Colorado, which legalized recreational pot in 2012, according to an analysis by the Washington Post's Wonkblog.Rhode Islanders smoked m...   More
Monday, August 11, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Providence Can't Exclude Autism Treatments From Coverage, Judge Rules

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Providence Health Plan failed to follow federal and state law when it for years refused to cover an intensive form of therapy for autistic children, a U.S. District Court judge ruled today in Portland. The families of two autistic children filed suit last year after being denied coverage for the therapy, called Applied Behavior Analysis. One family was able to pay o...   More
Friday, August 8, 2014 by KATE WILLSON
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