November 14, 1992 |
Oregon's controversial plan to ration services in the state's Medicaid program was resubmitted Friday for federal approval by Democratic Gov. Barbara Roberts. Roberts said the plan has been altered to eliminate alleged bias against the disabled that was cited by Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan when he refused to approve the plan in August. The Oregon plan is the largest experiment in explicit rationing of medical services ever proposed in the United States.
February 27, 1998 |
Oregon taxpayers should help pay for the doctor-assisted suicides of terminally ill poor people, the Health Services Commission decided Thursday. The panel voted, 10-1, that delivering lethal doses of prescription drugs should be included as a "medical service" for the 270,000 low-income residents covered under the state's health plan. The law, passed in 1994 and affirmed in 1996, allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs at the request of patients who have less than six months to live.
May 12, 2001 |
A private firm hired by the state of Oregon to train welfare recipients distributed a tips sheet that recommended rooting through trash bins to save money. The state recalled the sheet after receiving complaints. The sheet was circulated at budgeting workshops for welfare recipients by employees of Lane Workforce Partnership, a Eugene company contracted by the state. Tips included shopping at thrift stores, clipping coupons and going to garage sales.
June 10, 1988 |
The nation's first experiment in giving clean hypodermic needles to drug addicts is to begin next month in Portland, Ore., testing a controversial AIDS-control strategy that has proven too politically unpalatable to be tried anywhere else in the country. The needle exchange program, announced Thursday, is modeled on similar experiments abroad.
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December 3, 1988 |
Oregon authorities have taken the first step toward sending some of the children of the Watts-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. back to California, where they will live with their relatives. Officials at the Oregon Children's Services Division said Friday that they have initiated transfer proceedings for 10 of the 53 children, who were taken into protective custody Oct. 14 after the beating death of the 8-year-old daughter of Ecclesia founder Eldridge Broussard Jr.
December 19, 1996 |
Here is a scene from one of America's welfare laboratories. It is a borrowed college classroom where dozens of those who care for Oregon's poor--but have probably never met--are gathered for a kind of bureaucratic group therapy. Because of welfare reform, these social workers, state administrators, academics, community advocates and business philanthropists are undergoing an institutional identity crisis.