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Behavioral Health Director to Leave Oregon Health Authority

Word of Royce Bowlin’s planned departure comes shortly after OHA Director Patrick Allen announced a reorganization of the agency.

The Oregon Health Authority’s behavioral health director, Royce Bowlin, is resigning effective July 3, prompting concern from advocates that high turnover in recent years is detracting from efforts to address addiction and mental health in the state.

A Letter to The Oregon Health Authority

At the stroke of midnight, December 31, 2017, about 120,000 Oregonians will have to find all new healthcare providers within HealthShare if the inequity in funding FamilyCare is not addressed. 

It Doesn’t Make Sense

As FamilyCare Prepares to Close, CEO Hears Plea to Take More Time

After a testy meeting between FamilyCare’s leader, the Oregon Health Authority and Governor Kate Brown, state officials say they are planning for transition. Meanwhile, providers and patients are confused about their fate. And now Jeff Heatherington says he may keep his nonprofit operating for 90 more days – if his board agrees.

FamilyCare President and CEO Jeff Heatherington promised Wednesday night to discuss with his board the possibility of staying open for three more months rather than shutting down at the end of this year as he earlier had said he would do, after dozens of angry and concerned physicians and mental

New Cover Oregon Error May Put State on Hook for $74 Million in Overpayments

An examination of records by the new leadership at the Oregon Health Authority discovered that an error in the Cover Oregon process caused the state to categorize older, Medicare-eligible adults in the Medicaid expansion.

The Cover Oregon debacle continues to dog the Oregon Health Authority. Actuaries have newly discovered that more than 41,000 people were miscategorized over three years, which caused the state to draw down $74 million more federal dollars than it was allowed.


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