The money is earmarked to pay for 30 members of the National Guard to serve meals and care for patients at its Salem campus this summer.
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Lawmakers have dedicated extra money to cover a demand for Medicaid and there's new money for behavioral health care, an area that's been neglected for years.
The money goes to 25 organizations that serve Medicaid members in the Portland area, on Oregon’s north coast and in Jackson County.
A package working its way through the budget process will amount to the Legislature’s largest-ever investment in necessary housing and services, advocates say.
Activating the National Guard was the final step in a five-stage crisis staffing plan hospital administrators developed last fall after a COVID outbreak on the hospital campus left more employees unable to work.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, Laura Hanson says she was discouraged from taking protected medical leave and punished when she did. Hanson’s case led to changes in how the Legislature handles some workplace complaints.
A report on patient access to behavioral health care during the COVID-19 crisis casts doubt on whether insurers are abiding by federal law requiring parity in insurance coverage.