Category Archives: State of Reform

Oregonians testify in support of Family Support and Family Networks during budget meeting

Oregon’s Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services met Thursday to hear testimony on proposed budget cuts ahead of the Second Special Session planned for later this summer. During the meeting, 35 individuals offered feedback on the $180.3 million in human services cuts outlined in the state budget re-balance plan released earlier this month. […]
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Oregon Legislature passes series of COVID-19, police accountability bills during first special session

[On Friday] the Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned its first special session of 2020. Governor Kate Brown called on the legislature to respond to the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and enact police accountability reforms. The Legislative Branch created a thorough mitigation plan to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 while completing the […]
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HHS awards $600,000 to Oregon to combat COVID-19 in rural Tribal communities

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday awarded $600,000 to two Oregon Tribes to help prepare and respond to COVID-19. The funding is part of $15 million in total awards to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian health organizations across 20 states. Source: HHS awards $600,000 to Oregon to combat […]
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Oregon leaders react to the passing of Rep. Mitch Greenlick

Long-time Oregon legislator Rep. Mitch Greenlick passed away on Friday after battling health issues in the last year. Greenlick served in the Oregon House of Representatives since 2003, representing House District 33 in Portland. During his time in office, and throughout a distinguished career outside of politics, Greenlick was a tremendous thought leader for Oregon public […]
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John Kitzhaber: “The Coronavirus in Oregon” – State of Reform

This is a true emergency. It is imperative that we move beyond a public health response (as important as that is) to an Emergency Response. In addition to the important efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Oregonians need to feel certain that the state’s health care system is prepared to deal with the […]
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NW Prescription Drug Consortium announces Moda and Navitus as contractors for their pharmacy benefit management services

The NW Prescription Drug Consortium is pleased to retain Moda as their contracted program administrator and begin using Navitus as their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) effective January 1, 2022. The NW Prescription Drug Consortium was created in 2006 to allow Oregon and Washington state agencies, local governments, businesses, labor organizations, and uninsured consumers to pool […]
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House Committee on Health Care receives updates on Medicaid Buy-In and SB 889

Jeremy Vandehey, director of health policy and analytics for Oregon Health Authority (OHA), updated the House Committee on Health Care on Senate Bill 889 and the Medicaid buy-in Friday afternoon. For the last few decades, the state has tried to expand coverage and ensure health coverage is both affordable and of the highest quality, Vandehey […]
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OHA launches media campaigns to educate about vaping

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) began a series of media campaigns this month to mobilize communities around preventing youth abuse of tobacco and marijuana vaping. In a press release highlighting the campaigns, the OHA stated that their goal is to “educate people about the dangers of marijuana and tobacco vaping, help people quit, and encourage […]
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OHA approves Yamhill Community Care for full five-year coordinated care contract

The Oregon Health Authority has granted Yamhill Community Care a full five-year contract to serve Oregon Health Plan members through 2024. Earlier this year, Yamhill Community Care received a one-year contract pending the completion of additional steps to meet new “CCO 2.0” requirements. Services for the new contract begin January 1, 2020. Source: OHA approves […]
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Concerns about CCO 2.0 brought up in senate committee

Last month, former Gov. John Kitzhaber raised concerns about the direction coordinated care organizations are headed when he spoke at the 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Kitzhaber was the leading force behind the establishment of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in 2012 when he was governor. With the current CCO contracts set to […]
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