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Kitzhaber Heats Up Debate Over Oregon's Medicaid Direction

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Debate over how Oregon should run its $6 billion-a-year Medicaid system for intensified sharply this week, with controversy continuing to swirl around Trillium Community Health Plan, a for-profit subsidiary of the nation’s Medicaid heavyweight.

CCOs Face Steep Cuts for Younger Adults After Actuarial Analysis Shows 2014 Overpayment

FamilyCare received some of the biggest cuts, moving from one of the best-paid CCOs to the least paid. A state report shows that the CCOs were paid nearly as much for younger adults as they were for older adults, and a more refined analysis ordered by the feds caused the state to adjust rates more closely to actual claims.

The Oregon Health Authority issued its final Oregon Health Plan rates for 2015, assigning the coordinated care organizations with figures that veer dramatically from their 2014 rates and create both winners and losers as the dust is settled.

Saxton Explains OHA House Cleaning As Need for More State Spending Looms

Oregon will have to contribute an additional $500 million in the next two-year budget to meet its share of the expansion of healthcare coverage for the state’s poorest residents. Meanwhile, the Addictions and Mental Health Division has disappeared to be combined with a separate division, and activists complain about the loss of a full-time HIV care manager.

The Oregon Health Authority has been undergoing significant restructuring on the watch of Director Lynne Saxton, forcing some painful decisions about personnel, and creating anxiety for health advocates -- but as disruptive as these changes may feel now, they’re likely to feel minor compared to t


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