Tag Archives: Oregon Health Plan

Once Quiet, The Debate Over Higher Oregon Tobacco Taxes Lights Up

In the first hearing on a package of tobacco tax bills, opponents warned of layoffs and shuttered businesses. Tax supporters touted health outcomes. Source: Once Quiet, The Debate Over Higher Oregon Tobacco Taxes Lights Up

Oregon Considers Cigarette Tax Hike To Match Neighbors — And Fund Health Care

The display cases at Paul’s Cigars, in the North Portland enclave of Hayden Island, offer an impressive array. Dozens of varieties of stogies sit in ornate boxes, their pungent potential locked away behind glass. Owner John Paul has spent years amassing this inventory. And lately as he’s surveyed his collection, he’s begun doing a quiet […]
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Bills Look At Expanding Oregon’s Medicaid Model By Allowing Buy-Ins

Oregon lawmakers are taking several stabs this session at increasing health insurance coverage in the state. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Bills Look At Expanding Oregon’s Medicaid Model By Allowing Buy-Ins

Editorial: State voters helped dig budget hole

It’s easy to say that the Legislature has a spending problem — in fact, we’ve said it ourselves, in a number of editorials over the years. Last week’s release of a surprisingly sober budget from the three chairs of the Legislature’s powerful Ways and Means Committee helped to put some of that problem in perspective. […]
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Oregon at impasse over opioids for chronic pain

Commission to vote on controversial tapering proposal. Oregon’s efforts to prevent opioid overdoses have reached a difficult impasse: what to do with the chronic pain patients who are on high doses of opioids now considered unsafe. While some experts are warning about the potential harms of forcing stable pain patients off opioids, others insist reductions […]
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No Clear Path Toward Plugging Oregon’s Medicaid Gap, Senator Says

The Legislature this year is considering a slew of health care bills that span everything from prescriptions drugs to mental health to long term care. One of the big items on the agenda is funding the Oregon Health Plan which serves nearly 1 million Oregonians. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: No Clear Path […]
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Proposed Legislative Budget ‘Good News For The Oregon Health Plan’

The Oregon Health Plan and other health services were among just two areas saved from budget cuts in the Oregon legislators’ budget framework released Thursday. Released by the Joint Committee on Ways and Means co-chairs, the framework proposes 5 percent cuts on all services except for education and health care. Source: Proposed Legislative Budget ‘Good […]
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Senate passes state Medicaid funding bill

The Oregon Legislature passed a $465 million funding bill for the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon’s Medicaid program, over the next six years. House Bill 2010 passed with bipartisan votes in the Senate Thursday after the House approved it last week. Next, HB 2010 moves to Gov. Kate Brown, who is expected to sign it into […]
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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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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