Washington State

Clark County Expansion Provides Contrast to Oregon Medicaid System

Oregon had an incentive to get as many new Oregon Health Plan enrollees it could handle -- every new member increases revenue for the CCOs, increases the risk pool, and helps bolster finances needed to make the Medicaid system transformation work.

With 425,000 people, Clark County is the third-largest county in the Portland metro area and has more than 20 percent of the metro area’s 2.1 million residents, but the Columbia River cuts a wide gulf when it comes to healthcare access for the Northwest’s most vulnerable citizens.

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