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More nurse practitioners will be allowed to apply for the right to dispense prescription drugs if a bill that unanimously passed through the Oregon Senate makes it to the Governor's desk for final approval. Senator Alan Bates, a practicing physician, voted "aye" but with some apprehension. He thinks it will improve the affordability and accessibility of health care overall; but he doesn't care for one of the bill's biggest supporters: Zoom Care.  Zoom Care, he says, is hurting the health care system by only serving middle- and high-income patients who can pay with cash and refuse Medicare and Medicaid patients.  Nurse practitioners would be required to complete additional training and apply for a permit through the Board of Nursing before they could provide medications to patients.  The Bill moves to the House.

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  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

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