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Oregon Tackles Rise in Maternal Deaths and Stark Racial Disparities

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The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee will be tasked with providing recommendations to improving health outcomes and reducing deaths and complications from childbirth. Maternal deaths in the U.S. are five times as high as Sweden, and African-American women are almost four times as likely to die as white American women.

Rep. Janelle Bynum said that when her mother was born in Jim Crow South Carolina in the 1950s, her grandmother wasn’t allowed to give birth in a hospital.

CCO Data Debunks Myth of Immigrant Burden to Medicaid

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The Oregon Health Authority released baseline demographic health data for the Oregon Health population that will help the state provide more equitable care in CCOs. Deep inequities are revealed among blacks and American Indians, while low immunization rates are most pronounced among white kids.
New data released this month shows that Latinos on the Oregon Health Plan are much less likely to use the emergency room or outpatient health services than other residents, disproving a myth that a recent wave of immigration from Latin America has burdened the state’s Medicaid program.
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