Tag Archives: Oregon Health Plan

Oregon Health Plan spending jumps again

Rates for organizations administering low-income program again exceed reforms’ spending growth cap. Source: Oregon Health Plan spending jumps again

There’s still too many uninsured people in Oregon, says study. Who are they?

Oregon’s rate of uninsured people is just a third of what it was before the Affordable Care Act in 2011. But it’s still higher than it could be, according to new data from the Oregon Health Authority. The state health agency found that many people who qualify for insurance don’t take advantage of it — […]
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Oregon weighs plan to deny Medicaid payment for NGS as panel declares “no evidence of clinical utility”

The Oregon Health Authority is weighing a recommendation to deny Medicaid coverage for next-generation sequencing tests in the state. If enacted, Oregonians who rely on Medicaid for cancer treatment will not be offered coverage for NGS testing. Mainstream oncologists and experts on disparities in cancer care say that this first-of-its-kind anti-genetic-testing policy will create an […]
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State health costs soar, despite reforms’ promise.

Spiking drug costs pressure Oregon Health Plan as care organizations get squeezed. Source: State health costs soar, despitereforms’ promise.

Oregon Ballot Measure 106 Would Limit Access To Abortions

Oregon’s long support for abortion rights is being tested on November’s ballot by a group of determined activists pushing an initiative to prohibit state funding for most abortions. Source: Oregon Ballot Measure 106 Would Limit Access To Abortions

Secretary of State requesting money for Medicaid audit team

  About 1 million Oregonians are covered by Medicaid at a cost of about $9 billion a year. The Secretary of State’s Office is requesting $779,797 in the next two-year budget for three auditors who will focus on Medicaid programs, state records show. The next two-year budget begins in mid-2019. Source: Secretary of State requesting […]
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Hundreds of chronic pain patients oppose opioid policy change

  A controversial, first-in-the-nation proposal would end coverage of opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan. The public will have another chance to speak Thursday on a controversial, first-in-the-nation proposal that would end coverage of opioids for chronic pain patients enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan — the state version of […]
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Here’s why Oregon’s already low uninsured rate could be even lower

The already low number of Oregonians without health insurance could reach a nation-leading 1 percent if only more of the uninsured realized they were eligible for benefits, new survey shows. Source: Here’s why Oregon’s already low uninsured rate could be even lower – Portland Business Journal

Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal 

The Oregon Health Authority is considering a proposal for the state’s Medicaid program that will remove opioid painkillers from patients who experience chronic pain. The proposal would require these patients to ultimately eliminate their opioids over a 12-month period of time. Source: Chronic pain patients at risk to lose opioids due to Oregon Medicaid proposal […]
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Editorial: Health-care taxes for the poor should be broadly based

When Oregon had a $900 million budget hole to fill for medical care for the poor, voters approved new taxes in January. They backed $320 million in taxes on hospitals and health insurers to help preserve Medicaid services for about 400,000 poor Oregonians. But the problem of paying for the coverage has returned. The Oregon […]
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