Articles Tagged with Health care

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Ronald Doyle et al. v. City of Medford et al., (TC 0801317) (CA A147497) (SC S061463)

On review from the Court of Appeals in an appeal from the Jackson County Circuit Court, Mark S. Schiveley, Judge. 256 Or App 625, 303 P3d 346 (2013). The decision of the Court of Appeals is reversed. The case is remanded to that court for further proceedings. Opinion of the Court by Justice David V. Brewer. Justice Martha L. Walters concurred and filed an opinion, in which Justice Richard C. Baldwin joined.

Today, the Oregon Supreme Court held that, in enacting ORS 243.303(2), which requires local governments to make available to retired employees, “insofar as and to the extent possible,” the health care insurance coverage available to current officers and employees of the local government, the legislature did not expressly or impliedly intend to create a private right of action for the enforcement of that duty. The Court also declined to exercise its common-law authority to provide such a right of action sounding in tort….” [Link to full case, Opinions Issued in 2014, and the October 2, 2014, Supreme Court Opinions Media Release.]

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Care-giving advice and support from the Oregon Family Caregiver Handbook:

DHS has a new, free handbook you can download ….  If you are an elder thinking about having a family member provide your care, or if you’re a family member who is or may someday be asked to provide care for a family elder ….” [Link to Law for Real People 9/13/13 blog post]

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Cover Oregon is a one-stop shop where people can enroll in private health insurance plans, the Oregon Health Plan, and Healthy Kids. (If Oregonians apply for private health insurance before Dec. 15, coverage will begin January 2014.)

Working with community partners and agents is free and Oregonians will be able to go to CoverOregon.com or call 1-855-CoverOR (1-855-268-3767) on or before Oct. 1 to be connected to a community partner in their area or to verify that the partner or agent they are currently working with is certified.

Visit the Cover Oregon homepage. More information will soon be available from Cover Oregon’s Community Partners.

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Reading the recent Willamette Week story, “Saving Ryan: Why it was left to two Portland judges to bring this junkie back from the brink,” September 15, 2010, by James Pitkin, reminded me of two things (more than two, actually, but only two that can be written about in the space of a blog post):

One: A book: “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through his Son’s Addiction,” by David Sheff

Two: If you haven’t read about Portugal’s approach to drug addiction, crime, and health care, here are a few articles I’ve referred people to, though there are others if you want to do a full literature search. But these offer a good introduction to tease and tempt you into reading more: