Merkley Opposing Hobby Lobby Ruling With New Bill

Jeff Merkley Stock #2WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Jeff Merkley is cosponsoring a new bill that would deny employers the right to exclude coverage of specific health care items and services.  Senator Merkley told KBNW News this legislation would put women back in control of their own healthcare.

“There are two groups of people that women don’t want interfering in their health care decisions, politicians and bosses. The Supreme Court may not get it, but we do and we’re going to keep fighting to ensure that bosses and CEOs can’t dictate healthcare choices that belong between a woman and her doctor.”

Last Week the Supreme Court Ruled that “closely held” for-profit corporations can deny coverage for employees’ contraception under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Wyden Concerned Over Pharmacy Closures

Citing the recent announcement by Bi-Mart that it’s begun closing 56 pharmacies in Oregon and the Northwest, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden this week urged the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to review pharmacy closures

Local Ranch Helps Veterans Cope

Veterans returning home sometimes struggle to find a place where they feel like they belong. In Central Oregon, a ranch is supporting them with help from the land. Alison Perry founded Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. A licensed trauma

Moderna, J&J Booster Shots Recommended

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel recommended booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for persons who have already completed their vaccination series. A booster is a vaccine dose that

C.O. Health Council Leader Retires

The Board of Directors of the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) has announced that Executive Director Donna Mills will step down by June 30, 2022. Mills has served as the executive director of COHC since 2015 when

Increased Child Care For Working Families

Finding affordable, quality child care has long been a struggle for families, and the pandemic has only made this situation worse. Working families who participate in the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Employment Related Day Care