Jessica Floum

Willamette Valley Medicaid Insurer Will Drop Out of Oregon Health Plan  

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The major Medicaid insurer in the Willamette Valley will not apply for a piece of the state’s largest procurement in history -- the next contract to cover Oregon’s more than 1 million low-income Medicaid patients.

Gov. Kate Brown May Consider Repealing Health Insurance Rule That Saves $270M Per Biennium

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Gov. Kate Brown suggested Friday that she would consider rolling back a rule that prevents the state from double paying for state employees in the same family who are eligible for health coverage on their spouses’ plans.

Oregon Legislators Could Limit Hospital Tax Breaks, Increase Financial Scrutiny

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Oregon legislators are on track to propose bills that would increase financial reporting requirements and could limit property tax breaks for hospitals based on how much they spend on charity care and employee pay.

FamilyCare Trial Against Oregon Health Authority Delayed Up To Three Years

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A defunct Oregon Medicaid provider involved in a long-running, rate dispute with the Oregon Health Authority may have to wait up to three years to go to court.

After More Than Year-Long Search, Medicaid Director Returns

Oregon has chosen a familiar face to lead the state's Medicaid program as it heads towards the next phase, with a focus on mental health, value-based payments that reward outcomes instead of performing procedures and social determinants of health like housing.

Oregon’s former Medicaid director Lori Coyner will return to the role on Jan. 28, filling the vacancy she left in 2017.

Oregon Legislators Detail Their Health Agenda for Upcoming Session

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A six-month legislative session kicks off in January, and policymakers plan to introduce robust health care legislation.

Audit: Oregon’s Program That Monitors Controlled Drugs Is Ineffective, Underused

An analysis by the Secretary of State’s Office found that a program that collects prescription information has loopholes that prevent it being used to stem the opioid epidemic.

The Oregon Health Authority adopted a prescription monitoring program in 2011 to help prevent the abuse of controlled substances like opioids and help ensure that prescription medicines are used safely. 

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