Tag Archives: Medicaid

John Kitzhaber On Medicaid: ‘We’ve Lost Our Sense Of Vision’

About five years ago, Oregon adopted an innovative Medicaid system that enabled the state to expand health care to nearly 1 million people today. But the system does not have a steady source of funds. This year Oregon’s Medicaid funding gap was $950 million. Request full-text (for state agency patrons only) Source: John Kitzhaber On […]
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Health Official Concerned About Trillium’s Potential Expansion Into Portland Area

Portland’s major Medicaid insurer, Health Share of Oregon, may not be the only player in town for long. Trillium Community Health Plan, the major Medicaid insurer in Eugene with about 85,000 members, plans to expand into Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas, Marion and Polk counties, the Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday. Source: Health Official Concerned About […]
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Tax To Fund Medicaid Approved By Oregon House

Oregon lawmakers moved one step closer to funding the state’s $950 million Medicaid shortfall on Tuesday. Source: Tax To Fund Medicaid Approved By Oregon House

Helt and Zika split on Medicaid vote

Helt votes yes, Zika votes no on bipartisan package. The Bend area’s two first-term Republican House members went separate ways on Tuesday’s vote on a bipartisan bill to partially fund Medicaid in Oregon. Source: Helt and Zika split on Medicaid vote; Helt votes yes, Zika votes no on bipartisan package

Medicaid patients wait for rides with loss of contractor

Ride Center scrambling to replace terminated cab company. One of the region’s largest medical ride transportation services has been terminated by the call center coordinating rides, creating havoc for local patients and clinics. Bend-based GreenCab had been providing an estimated 2,500 rides per month to Oregon Health Plan members, which the company’s owner estimated accounted […]
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Ways and Means sends Medicaid package go Oregon House floor

The Medicaid funding package advanced out of the Joint Committee on Ways and Mean and now heads to the House floor. Two Republicans on the committee expressed concerns about the impact of the proposed premium tax on small businesses. On the other hand, they said they recognized the need to support smaller hospitals in rural […]
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Gov. Kate Brown’s Plan To Plug Oregon Health Care Shortfall Faces Uncertainty 

With little fanfare, a nearly $380 million package to help fund health care for low-income Oregonians cleared a legislative committee Friday morning with strong support from both parties. The passage in the Joint Committee on Ways and Means sets a path for the funding to clear both chambers in short order, offering some certainty in how […]
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Oregon’s Medicaid Director Wants To Step-Up Oversight, Drive Reform

Oregon’s former Medicaid Director Lori Coyner returned to the role Jan. 28, filling the vacancy she left in 2017. Her return comes in the midst of the state’s application process to cover the health care of about 1 million low-income Oregonians over the next five years. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon’s Medicaid Director […]
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Proposed Medicaid Tax Break For Schools And Small Businesses Fails, Causes Partisan Rift

Proposed Medicaid Tax Break For Schools And Small Businesses Fails. Oregon lawmakers on Thursday approved a tax proposal to help cover the $950 million hole in the Medicaid budget, but not without controversy. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Proposed Medicaid Tax Break For Schools And Small Businesses Fails, Causes Partisan Rift | The […]
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Parents, legislators push for end to school violence

State will help schools screen for potential violence, promote safety tip line and prevents suicide, harassment and bullying. Source: Parents, legislators push for end to school violence