Tag Archives: Medicaid

Oregon Overshoots on Opioids

State Employees can access this Wall Street Journal story via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact  us for access.  library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The Oregon Health Authority is contemplating a radical plan to end opioid coverage for many chronic-pain patients enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. Beginning in […]
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Oregon Medicaid program could cut off chronic pain patients from opioids – STAT

Officials are considering a first-in-the-nation proposal that would end coverage for opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in Oregon’s Medicaid program. There is little Laura Dolph has not tried to escape her physical pain. Tylenol, occupational therapy, oxycodone. A chiropractor. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation. Methadone, Advil, physical therapy, Tylenol with codeine. A prescription fentanyl patch […]
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Oregon Overshoots on Opioids

-A ban on Medicaid coverage would be cruel to patients.- The Oregon Health Authority is contemplating a radical plan to end opioid coverage for many chronic-pain patients enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. Beginning in 2020, physicians would have one year to fully taper off doses of medications such as Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin. Source: […]
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The Health 202: Medicaid advocates now have two more studies to back them up

The program for low-income Americans is a hot issue on the campaign trail. Advocates of Medicaid expansion got some positive reinforcement in several recently released studies. This year, the perennial struggle over the future of the health-care program for low-income Americans became even more pronounced. After an epic political battle, Virginia’s government agreed to expand Medicaid under the […]
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Trump administration sued over Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements

Advocacy groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to allow Arkansas to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients in the state. The lawsuit, filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in federal court in Washington on behalf of three Medicaid recipients in the state, claims […]
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Democrats criticize rule change for home health workers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is repealing an Obama-era rule that allowed states to deduct union dues from health workers’ pay. Oregon Democrats on Capitol Hill decried a proposed federal rule change Friday, claiming it would restrict the ability of the state’s publicly-funded home health care workers to unionize. Source: Pamplin Media Group […]
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INVESTIGATION: How Drugmakers Exert Influence On Medicaid’s Preferences

06Drug companies have infiltrated nearly every part of the process that determines how their drugs will be covered by Medicaid, an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity finds. Eight months pregnant, the drug sales representative wore a wire for the FBI around her bulging belly as she recorded conversations with colleagues at […]
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Guest column: Health care leadership needed for a healthier Oregon

As a doctor, when someone comes to me for care, I do not ask if they are Republican, Democrat or Independent, I listen to their concerns and then go to work trying to solve their problem. It is the same approach I have taken as a lawmaker and will continue as governor. Oregon was once […]
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Work requirements won’t solve hunger and sickness

Safety-net programs should be designed to avoid disincentives to employment, and not perpetuate stereotypes. Three of the federal government’s largest means-tested safety-net programs are Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and housing assistance. To list these is to list the conditions against which Congress has decided to protect those who do not have enough money to protect […]
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The Health 202: There’s a Medicaid ‘subsidy cliff’ health-care officials are worried about

It could mean less coverage in non-expansion states. There’s a significant population of Medicaid recipients who would lose their health-care coverage if states began requiring them to work — regardless of whether they got a job. Seema Verma, administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, calls it “a subsidy cliff.” Others refer to it as “a […]
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