Christian Wihtol

Hospitals Cut Pay, Hours In Response To Plunging Revenues

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Oregon’s big hospital systems were sitting pretty just three months ago after years of steady growth and profits. But now they’re grappling with the sudden monetary fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Medicaid Enrollment Jumps In Oregon But State Not In Crisis

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 A growing number of the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians made jobless by the coronavirus crisis are signing up for Medicaid insurance, but for now, at least, Oregon has enough money to cover them.

Medical Clinics: 'There Aren't The Revenues To Stay Open'

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Oregon’s for-profit medical clinics have joined the long queue of businesses seeking help from the state and federal government to cope with the financial shock waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

Politicians, Health Care Groups Support Psychiatric Hospital In Wilsonville

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Advocates of a long-stalled proposal to build a psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville have urged Gov. Kate Brown to let the project move forward, saying the extra beds are needed to meet an increased demand for mental health treatment during the coronavirus pandemic.

No Surge Yet For Oregon’s Medicaid Program

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Oregon’s Medicaid system hasn’t yet been strained  by the coronavirus-induced economic freefall -- but mainly because many of the newly unemployed aren’t immediately applying for the subsidized health insurance, the head of Oregon’s Medicaid program said.

COVID-19 Could Lead To 1.3 Million In Oregon On Medicaid, Study Says

Depending on the severity of the economic crisis induced by coronavirus, as many as 430,000 Oregonians could lose their employer-sponsored health plans in coming months, and most of those people – 320,000 – would turn to the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid for low-income residents, a new report forecasts.

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