Increases Naloxone availability

SB 384 will decrease the number of deaths due to opiate overdoses in Oregon; it allows family and friends of opiate users access to Naloxone, a drug that can save the lives of people who have overdosed.  Naloxone use is estimated to have already saved 10,000 lives in other states.

Facilitates data collection on bed bug infestations

HB 2131 creates a system that will allow pest control companies to make confidential reports to public health authorities regarding bed bug infestations in the community.  Health departments will be able to use the information to help control the spread of the insects.

Requires inspection of government restaurant facilities

SB 631 responds to food poisoning incidents at government restaurant facilities by closing a loophole in Oregon law and requiring publicly owned food-service establishments to undergo the same inspections as privately owned restaurants.

Creates Traditional Healthcare Workers Commission

HB 3407 provides a process to define criteria and educational requirements for community health workers, doulas, personal health navigators and other healthcare workers that are not now licensed by the State of Oregon.  These workers provide culturally competent, cost-effective services and this law gives them a voice in defining their roles in the healthcare system.

Regulates payment for alternative health services

SB 724 modifies the rules for Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) to bridge the gap between the fee for service methodology and global budgets.  The law creates a process for CCOs to pay providers for cost-effective services.

Creates a task force on regional health authorities

HB 2348 establishes the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services to focus on recommendations that create a public health system for the future, enhance efficiency and effectiveness of public health services and explore the creation of regional structures.