Southern Oregon has the state’s most concentrated presence of coordinated care organizations, with four organizations serving four counties with less than 10 percent of the state’s population.
Christopher David Gray
Even as the Cover Oregon board dawdled last week on a decision on where to operate the remaining functions of the state insurance exchange, another leading Democratic senator is saying p
The Oregon counties are rolling out a lobbying campaign to improve services for people with severe mental illness, particularly those who burden the public safety system.
Oregon women who receive care through the Oregon Health Plan should get the chance to receive the services of a midwife for normal childbirths starting this winter, but their care will take place outside the coordinated care organizations for the foreseeable future.
The Cover Oregon board should decide as early as next Thursday whether to keep its public corporation alive or if its work will be folded into a state agency such as the Oregon Insurance Division or the Oregon Health Authority.
A federal judge’s ruling earlier this month paved the way for autistic children who are covered by Providence Health Plan’s fully insured plan to receive needed treatment, but that ruling didn’t automatically open the door for the children of Providence Health & Services’ own employ
The feds backed down from their criticism of Oregon’s handling of the state Medicaid system, stepping away from a position that could have upended the whole transformation of the Oregon Health Plan into coordinated care organizations.
With 425,000 people, Clark County is the third-largest county in the Portland metro area and has more than 20 percent of the metro area’s 2.1 million residents, but the Columbia River cuts a wide gulf when it comes to healthcare access for the Northwest’s most vulnerable citizens.
Providence Health Plan has lost the federal class-action lawsuit brought by the parents of preschool-age autistic children after the insurer denied their physician-prescribed treatment, applied behavior analysis.
Even as Cover Oregon appears to have closed the door on bringing back the full state-run health exchange website for the individual insurance market, director Aaron Patnode indicated Friday that the Cover Oregon board is still considering an online exchange portal for the small business market.