Category Archives: Health Authority

Oregon had no plan for checking Medicaid eligibility

The state is scrambling to finish verifying whether every Oregonian on Medicaid meets the criteria. When Oregon expanded access to Medicaid in 2014, it had no system in place to perform the annual checks on recipient eligibility required by federal law. That was one of the many flaws of Cover Oregon, a state health care […]
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Audit: Oregon properly screens for Medicaid

Problems with manual input remain An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office released Wednesday found the state accurately determines Medicaid eligibility, enrolls people into the program and makes payments on their behalf. At the same time, the audit came across information that hadn’t been entered into the Oregon Health Authority’s enrollment system correctly […]
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Health Authority estimates 32,000 Medicaid recipients could be ineligible

Oregon Health Authority officials told a legislative committee Tuesday that the agency might have provided Medicaid benefits to some 32,000 people who no longer qualified for them. Source: Health Authority estimates 32,000 Medicaid recipients could be ineligible | OregonLive.com

Audit: Oregon’s Medicaid computer systems work well, but human errors remain

Oregon’s two computer systems that determine Medicaid eligibility and send payments to health care providers are functioning correctly, according to an audit released by the Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday morning. Source: Audit: Oregon’s Medicaid computer systems work well, but human errors remain | OregonLive.com

Parasite levels in Portland’s drinking water surpass state limits, will cost city at least $90M

The Portland Water Bureau will have to spend upward of $90 million to construct a water treatment plant the state previously excused the city from building after finding excessive levels of the cryptosporidium parasite between January and March. Source: Parasite levels in Portland’s drinking water surpass state limits, will cost city at least $90M | […]
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Governor Calls for Medicaid Accountability, But Brown’s Proposal Would Actually Stay the Course

Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton said the state does have approval of the federal government for its haphazard re-enrollment process, which should be finished by the end of summer. But new deadlines from the governor merely affirm the schedule Saxton has outlined. Source: Governor Calls for Medicaid Accountability, But Brown’s Proposal Would Actually Stay […]
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Greenlick Pushes Ballot Measure to Cap Campaign Spending of Public Players

House Joint Resolution 32 would send voters voters a measure limiting donations from publicly financed companies to political candidates to $500 per politician. The measure was put forward the same day that Rep. Nancy Nathanson, a leading recipient of campaign money from Medicaid providers, pulled Greenlick’s HB 2122 from the floor. Source: Greenlick Pushes Ballot […]
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Portland Water | Medicaid Eligibility – OPB’s Think Out Loud

State regulators have revoked a key exemption that let Portland deliver its water without treating for a potentially deadly parasite. Portland Commissioner Nick Fish tells us what that means for the city’s water supply. The Oregon Health Authority is responding to a recent assessment from the Secretary of State that it’s spending millions on people who […]
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Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson slammed for inaccurate Medicaid audit alert

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and members of a legislative budget-writing committee slammed Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Tuesday morning for issuing an “audit alert” containing information they say Richardson should have known was inaccurate. Source: Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson slammed for inaccurate Medicaid audit alert

Treatment plant may be required at Bull Run reservoir

Oregon Health Authority revokes variance to EPA rules that only required Portland to test water for potentially-deadly parasite Source: Oregon Local News – Treatment plant may be required at Bull Run reservoir