Coyner will shepherd the negotiation of Oregon’s next five-year Medicaid agreement with the federal government.
“Our focus is going to be on making sure regulations and policies are going to be focused on improving coverage,” said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, who was sworn in on May 27.
Coordinated care organizations and the state are negotiating a change that could reward them for having a high rate of vaccinated members.
The move could encourage more minorities on the Oregon Health Plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
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State officials say extra federal money has covered the extra cost so far, but that it may not be sufficient in the second half of this year.