Tag Archives: Medicaid

Oregon Hospitals See Fewer Patients Able to Pay Full Cost of Care in 2016 

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. We can be reached at: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The data reveals an increase in charity care spending that seems to coincide with a decline in Medicaid enrollment last year. But there was wide variation across the state, with some rural […]
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OR May Cut ACA Medicaid Expansion Funds to Favor State Budget

Oregon lawmakers are considering a plan to cut Medicaid expansion funds to fill a $1.8 billion hole in its state budget. The Oregon state legislature is considering a retraction of Medicaid expansion and benefits to address an anticipated $1.8 billion budget shortfall between 2017 and 2019.  The move to cut back Medicaid could potentially leave […]
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The Number of Oregon Mental Health Workers is Not Keeping Up With the Need

–The good news: More patients get services. The bad news: Caseloads are overwhelming and pay is lagging. – A new report from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees presents some good news—the vast expansion of the Oregon Health Plan means that Oregonians requiring mental health services are much more likely to see […]
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Dems: No new taxes? Then expect deep cuts to health care, K-12

GOP counters that proposed cuts are scare tactics to justify a tax increase With a whiff of posturing, Democratic budget crafters on Monday released a draconian list of proposed cuts if lawmakers don’t agree to raise any new tax revenue this session. Source: Dems: No new taxes? Then expect deep cuts to health care, K-12 […]
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Oregon Seeks to Navigate Labyrinth of Federal Rules in Efforts to Hold Down Medicaid Drug Costs

With U.S. law prohibiting the Oregon Health Authority from negotiating directly with drug makers to lower prices, the state is taking a complex multi-front approach, the authority’s chief medical officer told the Oregon Health Policy Board. Oregon’s efforts to rein in prescription spending have shown promising early results, despite federal rules that limit drug price […]
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FamilyCare Asks for Transparency as Oregon Health Authority Dodges Hearing

FamilyCare has introduced new legislation to create a more stable and transparent rate-setting process for Medicaid. Opponents of the measure, including CareOregon and the Oregon Health Authority, avoided questioning from the Senate Health Committee; the health authority cited ongoing litigation. Portland-area coordinated care organization FamilyCare is trying again this year with legislation to pry open […]
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New Lawsuit Says State Improperly Cut In-Home Services to Disabled Oregonians

The group Disability Rights Oregon yesterday filed a new lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland against the Oregon Department of Human Services and agency director Clyde Saiki. Source: New Lawsuit Says State Improperly Cut In-Home Services to Disabled Oregonians – Willamette Week

Sen. Steiner Hayward’s bill would have employers pay for employees’ Medicaid 

As the federal government struggles to agree on how to deal with rising Medicaid costs, Oregon seems to have a solution: charge employers for their employees’ Medicaid costs. Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, who works as an OHSU family physician when not at the Capitol, has introduced SB997 this legislative session, which would penalize employers that have […]
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Steiner Hayward Wants to Make Employers Pick up Medicaid Tab for Employees

If a large employer has full-time employees that make such low wages that they qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, SB 997 would force the employers to pay a penalty to the state to offset its cost of providing medical assistance. Source: Steiner Hayward Wants to Make Employers Pick up Medicaid Tab for Employees | […]
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FamilyCare Asks for Transparency as Oregon Health Authority Dodges Hearing

FamilyCare has introduced new legislation to create a more stable and transparent rate-setting process for Medicaid. Opponents of the measure, including CareOregon and the Oregon Health Authority, avoided questioning from the Senate Health Committee; the health authority cited ongoing litigation. Source: FamilyCare Asks for Transparency as Oregon Health Authority Dodges Hearing | The Lund Report