Courtney Sherwood

Experts Find Global Lessons for U.S. Healthcare

Universal care is an achievable goal, but it requires an understanding of the political landscape, panelists said Wednesday at the Oregon Health Forum.

The United States has a lot to learn from how other industrialized nations provide healthcare to their citizens – but it will take incremental change and a willingness to act before this country can achieve widespread coverage, two experts in health policy aid Wednesday morning at the Oregon Heal

Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances

Lane and Yamhill county residents will have more health insurance marketplace options in 2019.

Individuals buying Affordable Care Act health plans for 2019 are likely to see rate hikes next year, if most the state’s seven domestic health insurers have their way, according to rate requests submitted to state regulators this week. But it’s not all bad news.

FamilyCare to End Remaining Health Plans

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Five months after the Portland-based nonprofit stopped offering Medicaid-funded health coverage, it will also cease to offer its remaining Medicare Advantage plans.

In yet another blow for what was once one of the Portland area’s largest providers of health coverage, FamilyCare has been authorized to shut down its Medicare Advantage plans effective June 30.  Roughly 4,100 people in the Portland area and Clatsop County will be affected.

Behavioral Health Director to Leave Oregon Health Authority

Word of Royce Bowlin’s planned departure comes shortly after OHA Director Patrick Allen announced a reorganization of the agency.

The Oregon Health Authority’s behavioral health director, Royce Bowlin, is resigning effective July 3, prompting concern from advocates that high turnover in recent years is detracting from efforts to address addiction and mental health in the state.

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