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The Yes on Healthcare campaign has spent almost all of its funds now that ballots have arrived at Oregon households. Opponents have not reported raising one-tenth as much.

If money were all it takes to win elections, the backers of the healthcare funding package of Measure 101 would win approval by a landslide on Jan. 23.

Jan 9 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
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

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.

Come check out our other great jobs from Greenfield Health, Planned Parenthood, Multnomah County, The White Shield Center, An Hao Natural Health Clinic, and more.

Salem is well positioned in Oregon, it is just an hours’ drive to the coast and Cascade Mountains and 45 minutes to Portland. Salem Clinic, P.C. is an independent, private multi-specialty physician medical group.

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.

Senate Democrats on Tuesday pressed President Donald Trump’s nominee for the top health post to explain how he would fight skyrocketing drug prices — demanding to know why they should trust him to lower costs since he did not do so while running a major pharmaceutical company.

A backlog of outdated air pollution permits is endangering public health and frustrating business owners, according to a newly released audit by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

Oregon State University is holding mass vaccination clinics at its Corvallis campus to deal with a Meningococcal disease outbreak.

The clinics are part of an attempt by the university to control the spread of the disease, which has so far infected six students since November.

Flu cases are on the rise across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, complicated by a vaccine that’s less effective on one of the dominant strains this year. And it’s still too early to tell when the season will peak.

The number of flu cases in Oregon rose sharply at the end of December, but it’s still too soon to tell when the season will peak.

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 healthcare.gov -- cresting above 156,000 plans, a slight increase over a year ago and higher than all previous years since Obamacare took effect in 2014.

The enrollment total during the previous sign-up period, for 2017 coverage, was 155,430.

The federal government today released new data showing that 156,105 Oregonians chose health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Dec. 15.

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.