Tag Archives: OHA

Our view | What should health care in Oregon look like?

The state’s top health official is traveling the state, asking that question at 10 public meetings. The responses will help shape health care for about one-fourth of Oregonians, those who are on the state Medicaid program known as the Oregon Health Plan. Many of those clients work at low-wage jobs that lack health insurance. However, […]
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The International Outbreak Museum: Oregon’s Nod To Epidemiological Success And Failure

Deadly germs can come from anywhere, even a cantaloupe. Deadly germs can come from anywhere — even a cantaloupe. The fruit is just one of many exhibits in Portland’s International Outbreak Museum, a collection of strange and familiar objects all related in some way to a disease outbreak. So why collect all these things in […]
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Salem water crisis: Statewide response urged against toxic algae

State officials and lawmakers this week began taking steps to make the testing of drinking water a statewide priority in response to Salem’s drinking water advisory and the possibility of more toxic algae blooms emerging across Oregon. The Department of Environmental Quality started several days ago to recertify a pair of instruments critical to analyzing water samples for the presence […]
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Salem water update: Detroit Lake hit with 3rd toxic algae advisory

This is beginning to feel like a horror movie with a seemingly endless number of sequels. Call it: “Return of the toxic algae at Detroit Lake.” For the third time this season — and the second time in three days — the Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory due to high levels of cyanotoxins […]
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Umpqua Rivers deemed at risk for toxic algae

Douglas County’s main waterways are on a preliminary list created by the Oregon Health Authority that highlights toxic algae-prone water systems within the state. Nearly 40 percent of the 41 water systems listed by the state agency are in the county. The initial list was made in response to toxic blue-green algae found in treated […]
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Water Testing Increasing Following Salem Algae Bloom

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is rolling out new protocol for testing your drinking water. The new regulations come after an algae bloom that happened in Salem. Officials in the Rogue Valley say that the chances of local water being contaminated are low. Source: Water Testing Increasing Following Salem Algae Bloom

Health Advisory Issued For Upper Klamath Lake Due To Algae Bloom

Drinking water that contains the algae is especially dangerous. The toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping filters. Oregon’s problems with blue-green algae have spread to another lake. State officials have issued a health advisory for Upper Klamath Lake. It’s in southern Oregon, west of Klamath Falls. Toxins from blue-green algae […]
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OHA director will visit to discuss Ore. Health Plan

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen will be in Ontario on Tuesday as part of his statewide road trip to get public input about the future of the Oregon Health Plan, how far it has come and where it is headed. The session with Allen will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Weese […]
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CCOs Report Member Growth, While Total Oregon Health Plan Membership Edges Down

With the exception of FamilyCare, which has stopped offering Medicaid plans, every coordinated care organization in the state has added members this year. The Oregon Health Plan is succeeding in its effort to get ever more Medicaid members enrolled in coordinated care plans, with every CCO in the state reporting membership growth over the first […]
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Detroit Lake health advisory lifted after toxin levels drop

It’s apparently safe to go waterskiing in Detroit Lake once again. The Oregon Health Authority lifted a recreational health advisory Thursday night, just one day after re-issuing the alert due to high levels of toxins in the reservoir. Source: Detroit Lake health advisory lifted after toxin levels drop