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Turnout has dragged in the Portland metro area, with only 24 percent of the ballots in the tri-county area returned. Eastern Oregon has turnout as high as 36 percent in some counties, but only a fraction of the total voters.

The flood of money that rushed into the campaign account set up to pass a series of taxes to fund the Oregon Health Plan has continued to pour in as ballots have been mailed out. The Yes for Healthcare political action committee has reported an additional $888,000 raised since Jan.

Jan 19 2018
At two town-hall meetings this weekend, officials will meet with medical providers to answer questions about the closure of the state’s second-largest coordinated care organization at the end of January.

As the state's second-largest coordinated care organization exits the Medicaid market and transfers its roughly 115,000 members to other CCOs, it’s inevitable that some patients and providers will experience a bumpy transition, Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said on Thursday.

Jan 5 2018
Despite some success in keeping costs down since 2012, the state’s public employee plans are not significantly outperforming nationwide figures, and its legacy Providence plan, which has not adopted coordinated care reforms, was the most efficient plan in eight of Oregon’s 20 largest counties.

Kaiser Permanente should be prepared for increased scrutiny of its premiums and health spending priorities for public employees after a report Tuesday that showed it was easily the least efficient of the health insurers that contract with the Public Employees Benefit Board.

House Speaker Tina Kotek is confident that some of the key changes that she and Rep. Mitch Greenlick want for the state Medicaid system will pass in February, despite their defeat in 2017.

Representative Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, are reintroducing legislation that will provide greater daylight and accountability in the state’s Medicaid system, opening up their b

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The President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) leads the affiliate and has overall responsibility for day-to-day management and operations.

Oregon provides all eligible families who apply with caretaker supports and equipment that make it easier for children to live at home with their parents - but funds for that money-saving approach were slated to be cut.

Planned cuts to in-home services for disabled kids are looking less likely after a bipartisan trio of legislators pushed back against them Thursday and demanded that the state find the funding to keep the program open.

OHA lost $15 million in expected hospital revenue because of the referendum. The state cannot collect those funds even if the tax package passes on Jan .23.

The Oregon Health Authority reported a $30.5 million general fund shortfall as it sought to balance its books for 2017. 

In an interview with The Lund Report, Rep. Mitch Greenlick and House Speaker Tina Kotek said they tried to work with the state’s second-largest Medicaid provider as it struggled to live within its rates, but the CCO would not reform. Heatherington, defiant to the end, cried “bull----.”

The state’s Democratic leaders are disappointed at the collapse of FamilyCare, but in a lengthy interview, they told The Lund Report that it is now time to move forward by closing down the Portland Medicaid health plan at the end of January and transferring its members to other coordinated care o

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions of all VA hospitals nationwide, according to data released by the Department of Veteran's Affairs on Thursday.The data shows opioid prescription rates range from 3 percent at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Ohio to 20 percent at Roseburg — the highest among VA hospitals in the country.

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has the highest rate of opioid prescriptions of all VA hospitals nationwide, according to data released by the Department of Veteran's Affairs on Thursday.The data shows opioid prescription rates range from 3 percent at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Me

If Oregon voters reject new health care taxes on Jan. 23, legislators will have to scramble.

The big issues: Will they figure out ways to get the needed money or do people on Medicaid face big cuts? And could the budget pain even extend to schools?

Founded in 1996, PH Tech offers claim payment and processing support to providers, as well as data management services and reporting for Medicare and Medicaid, including Oregon’s largest CCOs.

A Salem-based provider of data and technology services to many of Oregon’s coordinated care organizations said Wednesday that it expects to be purchased by an affiliate of Providence Health.

The opioid crisis on the East Coast and in the Midwest has fueled a national surge in drug deaths, even as fatal overdoses have decreased or remained stable in parts of the West, new federal data show.

The federal health law’s efforts to get nonprofit hospitals to provide more community-wide benefits in exchange for their lucrative tax status has gotten off to a slow start, new research suggests.

Editor Courtney Sherwood explained the closure for radio listeners, and physician Bryan Schwartz and psychologist Brad Larsen-Sanchez discussed how it will affect their clinics.

Lund Report Editor Courtney Sherwood appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud radio program to discuss the fate of FamilyCare and what the coordinated care organization’s closure means for members and medical providers. Push play below to listen to the conversation.

People whose health insurance plan stopped being offered last week will have until March 1 to pick a new one. These are health plans that were sold in 2017 but not 2018.

Oregon exceeded expectations in its open enrollment period for 2018 individual health plans sold on -- cresting above 156,000 plans, a slight increase over a year ago and higher than all previous years since Obamacare took effect in 2014.

Modeled on the popular 529 college savings accounts, the program allows people with disabilities and their families to save money and receive a debit card without losing their benefits.

The Oregon ABLE savings program for people with disabilities opened accounts for more than 1,000 people, who collectively saved $3.4 million, taking advantage of changes to federal rules that allow people to save without losing their benefits.

What's the impact of the Trump tax reform overhaul on Oregon's health insurance marketplace? What changes are likely to emerge in the new contracts for the coordinated care organizations?  And, how will the Legislature deal with a budget shortfall if Measure 101 is defeated by voters on Jan.

With the federal government in retreat, a new task force of insurers, healthcare providers and single-payer activists will debate ways Oregon can take the lead toward universal healthcare and a more equitable system of providing quality care to all Oregonians, regardless of income or employment status.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has launched a universal healthcare taskforce, dedicated to the goal of incremental improvement of the healthcare system to make it fairer and more cost-effective.