Tag Archives: Oregon Health Plan

In Portland Area Medicaid Market, CareOregon Gains Power Behind The Scenes

CareOregon is taking a more prominent position as an insurer for the Oregon Health Plan in the Portland metro area, which has a third of the state’s Medicaid population. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: In Portland Area Medicaid Market, CareOregon Gains Power Behind The Scenes | The Lund Report

Oregon Medicaid budget could be trimmed across the board

The state Medicaid budget may be trimmed by $31.7 million in state and federal funds next year, under a bill pending in the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The proposed reduction in the Oregon Health Plan’s rate of growth would translate to $6.7 million less in state general fund dollars and $25 million less […]
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Tobacco tax hike advances out of Oregon committee to House floor

A $2 hike in the per-pack tax on cigarettes cleared another hurdle on Tuesday and moved to the floor of the Oregon House of Representatives. House Bill 2270 passed out of the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures by a vote of 8 to 3. It will need to pass by a three-fifths majority, since it’s […]
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Oregon tobacco tax: On track or a bridge too far?

With time running short in the Oregon legislative session, the Governor’s plan for raising tobacco taxes faces an uncertain future. Gov. Brown was counting on the $346 million-per-biennium in proceeds to help pay the state’s share of its Oregon Health Plan. Source: Oregon tobacco tax: On track or a bridge too far?

Brown On Tobacco Taxes: ‘We’re Going To Keep Working It’

Another pillar of Gov. Kate Brown’s Medicaid funding plan may be in peril. Brown acknowledged last week she’s uncertain she has the House and Senate votes needed to pass a $350 million package of tobacco taxes, which Brown and Democratic leaders have called vital to fund the Oregon Health Plan over the long term. Request full-text […]
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Report takes a ‘deeper dive’ into new health disparity incentive metric

Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members with mental illness use the emergency department for physical health reasons at a rate two-and-a-half times greater than members without mental illness. This rate has remained steady over time, indicating room for improvement in coordination of care for members with mental illness. A new report from OHA highlights this health disparity and […]
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County commissioner chides mental health executive over crisis respite center

Building in Warrenton is up for sale. A county commissioner chided the CEO of Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. for putting the crisis respite center in Warrenton up for sale and withdrawing from a board that governs the facility. “Recently, GOBHI has kind of pulled the rug out from that enterprise,” Commissioner Pamela Wev said […]
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Oregon Does U-Turn On Opioid Tapering

Two years after trying to taper opioid users off the drug, Oregon has ended the policy. Give or take a few breaks, Kelly Howard has been on opioids for 17 years. She suffers from severe nerve pain and says opioids have enabled her to have a life. “I was able to function. Take care of […]
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Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain

Panel will wait to review new studies, which will delay changes until 2022. An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. The panel opted instead to wait for […]
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Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. Source: Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain