Category Archive for: ‘Blog’

NPR Reaches out to Facebook Users for Stories

Working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, NPR asked people on Facebook to share their experiences within the US health care system. Within 24 hours they had close to 1,000 stories. Anyone who wonders why we do the work we do should check out the full story along with the links to the polling …

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Childhood Obesity, “Adult-Onset” Diabetes and Oregon


Three articles appeared recently that shed more light on a disturbing trend. First, a New York Times editorial begins by reporting on how “adult-onset” (Type 2) diabetes is now increasingly common in kids: A study of diabetes in overweight and obese youngsters bears an ominous warning about future health care trends in this country. It found that Type 2 diabetes, a new …

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Gov. John Kitzhaber announces $1.9 billion health care agreement with federal government


In The Oregonian, Michele Cole reports that, “Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has struck a deal with the federal government that is worth $1.9 billion over the next five years.” She adds: Kitzhaber, who cleared this week’s calendar and flew to Washington Tuesday, announced an agreement with the Obama Administration on a new coordinated health care system intended to reduce costs …

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Going for a Walk!

Whether you watched The West Wing or not, this is a great video clip for Cast members reunited to to support the effort of walking 30 minutes a day. Watch the clip.

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Defining the Essential Health Benefit

A new brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Affairs discusses the policy issues around the Essential Health Benefit benchmark flexibility for states and how that flexibility can be used to provide a benefit package that will be both affordable and provide meaningful coverage to uninsured or underinsured Americans. You can read the entire brief here. The Governor …

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