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Over the next decade, 24 million people could lose their health coverage under the GOP's plan, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. (PeopleImages/iStock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Republican Party's health care bill is moving through Congress, but opposition from organizations and even from inside the party itself is growing. AARP has come out against the American Health Care Act as well, saying it will hurt many Americans in a variety of ways. Jerry C

AARP is launching a campaign to protect Medicare as Congress considers making changes to the program. (GlynLowe.com/Flickr)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Even though President Trump promised during his campaign to protect Medicare, lawmakers in Congress are signaling that they would like to make changes. In response, AARP is launching a campaign to protect the program, which serves more than 700,000 Oregonians. Medford resident Don

Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that will help low-income citizens of Pacific Island nations get health insurance. (Oregon DOT/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Open enrollment for healthcare plans has begun, and for the first time in two decades low income Pacific Islanders in Oregon are eligible for coverage as well. Earlier this year, low income citizens of the Compact of Free Association, or COFA, nations of Micronesia, the Marshall

While Oregon's poverty rate has fallen slightly since its height in 2011, the rate is still 15.4 percent. (Oregon Center for Public Policy)

PORTLAND, Ore. — In Oregon, the number of people living in poverty in 2015 exceeded the total population of the 17 counties east of the Cascades, according to analysis from the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Despite nationwide improvements in the economy, 15.4 percent of Oregonians lived b

Betty Biglin lives with her mother in Philomath and won $50,000 in a national AARP sweepstakes. (Betty Biglin)

PHILOMATH, Ore. – An Oregon woman is getting some extra financial security in retirement after winning $50,000 in a national AARP sweepstakes. Betty Biglin of Philomath was the big winner of the Retire Your Way sweepstakes prize. Before winning the contest, Biglin had been living solely on S

The rate of food insecurity was more than 16 percent between 2013 and 2015 in Oregon, according to a USDA report. (PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The only state to see a significant increase in food insecurity rates since the Great Recession is Oregon, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report said more than 16 percent of Oregon households between 2013 and 2015 reported diffic

Double Up Food Bucks is matching SNAP benefits at more than 50 participating farmers' markets in Oregon. (Mack Male/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Food stamps are worth double for fresh fruits and vegetables at more than 50 farmers' markets and other food outlets across Oregon this summer. Double Up Food Bucks Oregon will match each dollar Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients spend on their EB

Fewer Oregonians in hospital beds is one goal of the state's Health System Transformation campaign, and the latest Oregon Health Authority figures indicate it's working. Credit: Chad Hutchinson/iStockphoto.com.
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SALEM, Ore. - Health-care quality is improving for more people in Oregon, according to new figures from the Oregon Health Authority. Emergency-room visits are down 22 percent since 2011 among Oregon Health Plan members, according to the agency. The goal has been to get people to use Coordinated Car

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