The Oregon Health Authority released its report on Tuesday to much media fanfare, the first such report with a year’s worth of numbers.
Christopher David Gray
The state has stepped in to solve an unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act -- reproductive health providers had gotten paid less to cover women insured by Medicaid than they did from an existing state program designed specifically to offer free contraceptive services.
The Oregon Insurance Division is responding to concerns about inadequate networks on Cover Oregon and intends to ask the Legislature for authority to regulate health insurance networks so consumers know upfront whether a plan covers the doctors or other providers they want.
A governmental body that meets in Tualatin to determine coverage for Medicaid has deferred a decision on whether the state will require coordinated care organizations to cover pricey drugs that have the promise of curing Hepatitis C.
The Public Employees Benefit Board on Tuesday inked the set of health options for public employees and approved premium rates that will rise only 0.7 percent above 2014 premiums -- a second year in a row that premiums have risen less than 1 percent.
PacificSource Health Plan has asked the Oregon Insurance Division to correct the filing from what it first a proposed -- an enormous 15.9 percent hike -- and lower it to a 10.8 percent hike, still several times higher than the rate of inflation.
A lot has happened to remake the landscape for the state’s mental health system since Oregon last gave the federal government its strategic plan.
A federal grand jury was set to convene in Portland on Tuesday to consider evidence brought forward by U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall into the debacle known as Cover Oregon and determine whether any federal laws had been violated.
An oversight board tasked with ensuring transparency and accountability at the Oregon State Hospital has been running on empty, with 55 percent of its voting positions vacant.
Oregon has traditionally provided public health services through county health departments.