Category Archives: The Lund Report

Coos and Lane Counties Now Lead State in People Sent to State Mental Hospital

People sent to the hospital to be treated after they are arrested for crimes has been a serious problem in Oregon for several years, but while Marion and Multnomah County have made progress, other counties, especially Coos, continue to send more than their share out of their community to the high-cost Oregon State Hospital. Source: […]
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New Opioid Treatment Programs to Serve Rural Oregon

More Oregonians struggling with opioid use disorder will have access to treatment, thanks to Oregon Health Authority’s strategic investments of federal grant dollars in rural Oregon. With support from grant funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a new program opened in Springfield in April, and additional programs will soon […]
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CMS Approves FamilyCare’s Orderly Exit from Medicare on July 1

FamilyCare Health Plans’ contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will end on July 1, 2018, and FamilyCare will no longer serve Medicare members in Tri-County and Clatsop County. Members will not lose their Medicare coverage and will transition to other Medicare Advantage plans or traditional Medicare. Source: CMS Approves FamilyCare’s Orderly […]
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No Real Progress Against Food Insecurity

Despite a growing economy and declining unemployment, Oregon has made little, if any, progress in reducing the share of Oregonians struggling to put food on the table, according to a new report by the Oregon Center for Public Policy. The sobering news arrives as Congress nears a vote on a bill that would cut the […]
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More Oregonians Had Health Insurance in Q1 of 2018 – But Fewer Got it at Work

Providence Health Plan covers more Oregonians than any other insurer, including a significant share who buy individual plans on the Affordable Care Act-created exchange. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: More Oregonians Had Health Insurance in Q1 of 2018 – But Fewer Got it at Work | The Lund Report

Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances

Individuals buying Affordable Care Act health plans for 2019 are likely to see rate hikes next year, if most the state’s seven domestic health insurers have their way, according to rate requests submitted to state regulators this week. But it’s not all bad news. Source: Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances | The […]
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Charity Care Spending Continues Climb in Latest Figures

Large Oregon hospitals report a smaller increase in how much they are writing off medical bills of patients unable to pay, while smaller hospitals say this has gone up more for them. Hospital charity care spending climbed 20 percent in the first half of 2017, according to a Lund Report analysis of the most recent […]
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PEBB Makes $9.4 Million in Cuts to Keep Under Budget Cap

The board held off on increasing deductibles, but increased the out-of-pocket maximum for most plans, as well as emergency room fees. The board decided to bring the administration for its Moda Health plans in-house with self-insurance. Source: PEBB makes $9.4 Million in cuts to keep under budget cap

FamilyCare to End Remaining Health Plans

Five months after the Portland-based nonprofit stopped offering Medicaid-funded health coverage, it will also cease to offer its remaining Medicare Advantage plans. Source: Familcare to end remaining health plans.  

Behavioral Health Director to Leave Oregon Health Authority

Word of Royce Bowlin’s planned departure comes shortly after OHA Director Patrick Allen announced a reorganization of the agency. The Oregon Health Authority’s behavioral health director, Royce Bowlin, is resigning effective July 3, prompting concern from advocates that high turnover in recent years is detracting from efforts to address addiction and mental health in the […]
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