The Lund Report

A large number of homeless individuals have severe disabilities that make them eligible for federal support, but their conditions can deteriorate as they navigate the bureaucracy. HB 4042 would provide state funding to get these people into housing while the Department of Human Services helps them get approved federally.

The House Human Services Committee is making a bipartisan push to restore a general assistance program that will put up state funds to provide housing for people who are homeless and disabled while they await federal assistance.

Feb 5 2016
Some tobacco vendors, including the Northwest Grocery Association, have pledged support for statewide licensing to avoid a patchwork of local ordinances, but licensing advocates are insisting on local control. Meanwhile, the House is debating a 50 percent retail tax on e-cigarettes and supplies.

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, appear determined to push through a state law requiring a license to sell tobacco and e-cigarettes to the public, but they face opposition from unlikely quarters.

Feb 5 2016
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Dozens of Moda employees have lost their jobs after state regulators took control of the company’s individual health plans; insiders point to management decisions, as uncertainty remains for Moda and sister companies

Dozens of employees have been laid off from Moda Health and countless others are on tenterhooks as they await word from company officials and state regulators about their fate, according to insider accounts shared with The Lund Report.

Feb 5 2016

Oregon health officials are warning of unhealthy levels of heavy metals in Southeast Portland's air. They found high levels of cadmium and arsenic at a monitoring station near SE Powell Boulevard and SE 22nd Avenue.

Feb 5 2016
Sen. Bates wants to give CCOs greater assurance that the state is making a long-term investment in the organizations. His bill would prevent the Oregon Health Authority from refusing to renew contracts with CCOs that are doing well. But CareOregon argued that the state must not let CCOs coast as they administer the Oregon Health Plan, and guaranteeing a contract removes incentives for good performance.

Sen. Alan Bates, D-Ashland, unveiled his latest version of a bill that would give clearer guidelines to the Oregon Health Authority as it works out new five-year contracts for the state’s coordinated care organizations.

Feb 5 2016
Building on a bill from 2015 that gives pharmacists the ability to dispense birth control without a doctor’s prescription, HB 4124 allows them to bypass physicians when selling Naloxone, which is used to reverse the effects of an opiate or narcotic overdose, including from heroin and prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycontin.

Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, is promoting a bill that would give pharmacists the ability to quickly dispense a life-saving drug for use in opiate overdoses without the prescription of one of his fellow physicians.

Feb 4 2016

R.J. Gillespie, M.D., and his team are working with parents at The Children’s Clinic to interrupt the cycle of adverse childhood experiences. Health System Transformation (HST) makes this project possible – and makes preventive and lifelong health priorities, by doing things differently and promoting local innovation.

It’s part of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership sponsored by Health Share of Oregon, a coordinated care organization serving Oregon Health Plan members in the Portland Metro Area.

Feb 4 2016
The state has developed a plan that will pick up the healthcare tab for low-income Pacific Islanders who’ve been free to come to the United States because of military involvement around their home islands, but in a cruel injustice, cannot get access to Medicaid, unlike other legal longtime immigrants.

Oregon’s House Health Committee quickly and unanimously passed its first bill of the session on Monday, asking the state to set up a health insurance assistance program for a group of Pacific Islanders who are legal residents of the state but prohibited by federal law from receiving Medicaid.

Feb 2 2016
Dubbed “PHAB 2.0,” a beefier, governor-appointed Public Health Advisory Board met for the first time Friday since the passage of HB 3100, the legislation that bulked it up with broader scope as a subcommittee to the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) that can require public health authorities to access their current ability to implement foundational capabilities and programs and then tackle the job of helping them modernize.

There’s significant disparity among public health departments, Charlie Fautin, public health director for Benton County, told the newly seated Public Health Advisory Board on Friday.

Jan 29 2016
She was the organization’s vice president of payer strategy, innovation and operations.

Cynthia Finter, senior vice president of payer strategy, innovation and operations, will be leaving PeaceHealth on Feb.

Jan 29 2016