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This blog offers updates on OPCA’s policy and advocacy activity, the latest on federal and state legislative action, posts about federal and state regulatory changes, and advocacy opportunities. Learn about best practices in engaging your elected officials, and the public policy issues affecting health care and health centers.

 

The blog is edited by OPCA staff and written primarily by OPCA’s experts on public policy.

Below are stories in the words of three Virginia Garcia providers Carol, RN, Clinical Programs Manager, Cornelius Wellness Center I am always proud of the customer service we provide our patients and that is still true in these tough COVID-19 times. As we were “scrubbing” a patient’s chart...

National data released in early April indicates African Americans in Louisiana, Chicago, and Michigan are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That same week, the message from our national health leadership, and news stories that followed, was that this impact appeared to be attributable to preexisting conditions—high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes—and inadequate access to health care. U.S. Sen. Bill...

By Lori Kelley, Senior Director of Quality, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic More than a month after the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control sounded the alarm about a global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Community Health Centers like Yakima Valley Farm Workers...

By Bridget McGinn, Mosaic Medical Communications Manager As COVID-19 became a recognizable problem on the horizon, key leadership team members at Mosaic Medical took quick action to supplement the organization’s supply of Personal Protective Equipment. As a result, the organization has an adequate supply of surgical...

Members of the Legislature met today as part of the newly formed Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response. The discussion centered around a document outlining the immediate actions that the Legislature should adopt prior to the end of March. The co-chairs focused the proposed actions...

Just moments ago, the Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, announced from the Floor that the House will effectively end their work this legislative session.  Speaker Kotek, in an impassioned and emotional speech, announced no further floor sessions will occur prior to the constitutionally mandated...

With OPCA’s equity focus in mind, we encourage you to reflect on who is hit the hardest with our latest public health crisis. OPCA member clinics will end up feeling the brunt of this (not surprisingly), but hope you’ll join OPCA in considering the value...

Legislative Session Still on Hold Very little has changed in the legislative dynamics over the course of the last week. Oregon Republicans have not returned to the Capitol to provide the quorum necessary for the House or Senate to conduct business. Unlike during the 2019 Session, there...