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In a visit to the Virginia Garcia Wellness Center on Tuesday in Cornelius, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown openly called for congress to re-authorize the Child Health care Insurance Program — funding Virginia Garcia officials say is crucial to the services they provide.
Following a tour of the clinic, Brown spoke to a collection of clinic staff members with two beneficiaries of CHIP funding — Diego and his mother, Martha — at her side.
Lawmakers are heading back to Capitol Hill after the Thanksgiving break with a lot to accomplish before the end of the year.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici sat down with KATU’s Deb Knapp before the holiday weekend for a conversation on what she hopes to accomplish after Congress resumes.
When Dan McMahon fractured his leg over the Fourth of July, he refused to take prescription drugs for the pain.
McMahon dislikes pain as much as anyone else, but he has a somewhat unique perspective.
“Pain is good,” he said. “It lets us know we’re not supposed to do something.”
What McMahon shouldn’t be doing is taking prescription painkillers. He took some when he was a teenager, and was introduced to years of torturous opioid addiction as a result.
Funding to re-authorize the Children's Health Insurance Program will likely need to come as part of a larger funding package on the floor of the U.S. Senate, according to representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.
CHIP funding is used to cover gaps for students without health insurance at Virginia Garcia's school-based health centers in Washington and Yamhill counties, including a clinic at Century High School in Hillsboro.
This fall I wrapped up a series of six town hall meetings with two final meetings in Cannon Beach and Portland. I celebrated the Portland Thorns’ victory in the National Women’s Soccer League Championship—go Thorns! Another highlight was working with Senator Jeff Merkley to bring the “I Am Not Invisible” exhibit featuring Oregon women veterans to the nation’s capital. Too often women veterans feel invisible, but seeing the faces and stories of women veterans from Oregon in the halls of Congress was a proud moment for me and for women veterans everywhere.
Enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2018 is open now at HealthCare.Oregon.gov and lasts until December 15. Even if you already have insurance, it's a good idea to compare plans and make sure you have the most affordable insurance plan that offers the best coverage for your needs.