Jessica Floum

Oregon To Increase Medicaid Spending In 2019, Will Miss Spending Goals

Coordinated care organizations will receive an average of 4 percent more each month than in 2018, overshooting the 3.4 percent growth target.

The Oregon Health Authority will pay coordinated care organizations 4.2 percent more for Medicaid patients in 2019 than in 2018, missing its goal of keeping cost increases to 3.4 percent or less. 

Suicide At Unity Shows Mental Health Center Has Long Way To Go

Two months after state investigators warned officials at Portland's only psychiatric ER they could lose federal certification, a woman who was known to be suicidal killed herself.

Hazardous conditions, inadequate patient oversight and negligence at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health enabled the suicide of at least one patient, an inspection report found.

After Years Of Inaction, Oregon Tackles High Addiction Rates

With the fourth-highest addiction rate in the country, Oregon has one of the worst records nationwide when it comes to treating people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. But now the state is working towards a plan to change that.

Carrie Steinseifer Bates won three Olympic gold medals for swimming in 1984.

But in January 2012, the Tualatin resident wanted to die.

Violence at Unity Center for Behavioral Health Draws Financial Questions

Critics say financial incentives influenced the center’s decision to use a "living room style" of intake area which critics say invites attacks.

Greg Monaco worked with people experiencing psychotic episodes as a pre-commitment investigator for 30 years.

But when the Unity Center for Behavioral Health opened in Northeast Portland in February 2017, Monaco was shocked by the fear among staff and state of the patients.

U.S. Senators Pledge to Protect Patients with Preexisting Conditions From Attack

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is "hostile" to the Affordable Care Act which bans discrimination among patients.

Lindy Suhr has a terminal genetic disorder that causes her motor skills to deteriorate, her cognitive ability to suffer and life-threatening seizures. The 37-year-old takes seven medications, sees five specialists, and undergoes regular physical therapy. Her father has a genetic heart disease.

Rising Health Insurance Costs, Shrinking Networks Limit Covered Care

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A report by a physicians group says that higher premiums and deductibles mean that patients, including in Oregon, are forgoing care.

Laura Grandin has health insurance, but she doesn’t have much coverage.

The 64-year-old Portland resident pays $900 a month in premiums. She’s also got a deductible of $6,500. That means that if she gets sick or injured her insurance won’t kick in until she spends that amount.

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