Category Archives: Health Authority (OHA)

Pick Your Plan — Changes are coming to Oregon Health Plan in 2020

Oregon Health Plan members in Jackson and Douglas County will “Pick a Plan’ this October. Postcards will start hitting mailboxes this week to let members know a letter will arrive in October with information about changes to the coordinated care organization (CCO) choices in their area. Source: Pick Your Plan — Changes are coming to […]
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Abortion rate at all-time low, study says

According to a study published by the Guttmacher Institute, abortion rates in the U.S. are on the decline and currently they are the lowest they have been since Roe v. Wade passed in 1973. In their report, released Wednesday, they say from 2011 to 2017 the rate of abortions in the U.S. dropped from nearly […]
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Scappoose School District revisits school-based health center prospect

The Scappoose School District is planning to apply for grant funding to determine the feasibility of establishing a school-based health center in the district. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Scappoose School District revisits school-based health center prospect

Salem tries for share of new state money to push new approach to serving homeless

A new kind of housing project for chronically homeless residents in Salem could be in the works if a state grant comes through. Sequoia Crossings would be a 76-unit apartment at 3120 Broadway St. N.E. It would be a joint effort by Salem Housing Authority and The ARCHES Project to help chronically homeless people work […]
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Oregon Launches Campaign Giving Medicaid Patients A Choice

The Oregon Health Authority is launching a campaign to alert hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians that they will soon be able to choose between two insurance companies for their government-funded health coverage. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon Launches Campaign Giving Medicaid Patients A Choice | The Lund Report

Area schools grapple with vaping as federal government considers e-cigarette ban

Jodi Elizondo, the principal at Ontario High School, had on her desk a curious and harmless looking package resembling some kind of a tasty treat that might be sold in a candy store. The package, which is decorated with a doctored neon-colored Monopoly logo across the top and below a cheeky image of Betty Boop […]
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Kitzhaber Heats Up Debate Over Oregon’s Medicaid Direction

Debate over how Oregon should run its $6 billion-a-year Medicaid system for intensified sharply this week, with controversy continuing to swirl around Trillium Community Health Plan, a for-profit subsidiary of the nation’s Medicaid heavyweight. Source: Kitzhaber Heats Up Debate Over Oregon’s Medicaid Direction | The Lund Report

Oregon: ‘Avoid direct contact with the water’ at Sunset Bay, Hubbard Creek beaches

Water tests found higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria at Sunset Bay State Park Beach, the Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday. The agency issued a public health advisory for the Coos County beach. Source: Oregon: ‘Avoid direct contact with the water’ at Sunset Bay, Hubbard Creek beaches | KVAL

Oregon now reporting four victims of lung illness tied to vaping

The new vaping-related illness bring Oregon’s total to four, one of which was fatal. Source: Oregon now reporting four victims of lung illness tied to vaping – oregonlive.com

Public health advisory issued for water at Nye Beach in Newport

Health officials said heightened fecal bacteria levels can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, rashes and upper respiratory infections, among other illnesses. Source: Public health advisory issued for water at Nye Beach in Newport – oregonlive.com