08 Oct 2016

Modern Hepatitis C Drugs are Very Costly and Unavailable to Many State Prisoners

Less than 1% of prisoners with hepatitis C in state correctional facilities in the United States are receiving treatment according to a new study in the October issue ofHealth Affairs conducted by the Association of State Correctional Administrators in collaboration with the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. The study found

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08 Oct 2016

Wardens punished amid staffing, medication issues at women's prison

On Tuesday, The Tennessean confirmed that Warden Carolyn Jordan, Associate Warden Pat Ryan and Associate Warden Carolyn Benford were on leave from the women’s prison amid “concerns” about the effectiveness of their leadership. “Warden Jordan remains on leave and will be demoted to associate warden. Associate Warden Benford retired. Associate Warden Ryan was

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08 Oct 2016

Illinois prisoners to receive new mental health services

To support incarcerated individuals battling mental illness, two state agencies recently collaborated to improve services for Illinois offenders by leveraging a Chicago-area facility for treatment purposes, simultaneously satisfying the terms of an outstanding class action.   Under the terms of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC)

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08 Oct 2016

Springfield man gets year in prison for health care fraud

A Springfield man was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in federal prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to health care fraud. Michael A. Tucker, 47, was sentenced to the prison time and ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution after admitting he committed fraud at

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08 Oct 2016

Right to try (House Bill 2300):

HB 2300 gives terminally ill patients in Oregon the right to try medical treatments that haven’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The bill passed with largely bipartisan support making Oregon one of 24 states to now have a “right to try” law.

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08 Oct 2016

Personal injury protection (Senate Bill 411):

SB 411 changes laws on uninsured motorist coverage and personal injury protection coverage. The law allows drivers injured in a crash to apply their uninsured motorist coverage to the at-fault driver’s liability insurance. That means the injured driver will get all the coverage they paid for. The bill also changes

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08 Oct 2016

Wage transparency (House Bill 2007):

HB 2007 makes it illegal for an employer to discipline its employees for inquiring about the wages of other workers or disclosing their own wage publicly. If an employee is disciplined for asking about or discussing wages, they’ll be able to sue their employer for damages. The bill is meant

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08 Oct 2016

 Expanded access to birth control (House Bill 2879 and House Bill 3343):

HB 2879 and HB 3343 expand access to birth control for Oregonian women. The New York Times called the bills “groundbreaking.” The first bill provides a pathway for pharmacists to eventually prescribe birth control to women over 18 who don’t have a primary care physician’s note. The second bill requires insurers

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08 Oct 2016

Ban the box (House Bill 3025):

HB 3025 bans employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history prior to interviewing them. (There’s an exception if getting the job requires a criminal background check.) If violated, the Bureau of Labor and Industries can take action under state civil rights law.

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08 Oct 2016

Motor voter (House Bill 2177):

HB 2177 changes Oregon’s voter registration system from opt-in to opt-out. When someone eligible to vote gets or renews a driver’s license, they will automatically be registered to vote. The bill is expected to increase the number of voters. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly 30,000 Oregonians were denied voter

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