Oregon faces a $3.5 billion budget crisis and health care is an ever increasing portion of our budget.
Health care spending accounts for 16 percent of the state general fund budget. The need to reform our health care system is more urgent than ever.
Oregon is a national leader in health reform thanks to the groundwork laid by the legislature.
In 2009, the legislature created Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to address the issues of cost, quality and access to health care. While the federal government has made new investments in insurance coverage and access, it will be up to the states to take the next steps to lower cost and improve quality.
The Oregon Health Policy Board has created an Action Plan for Health that involves actions by all stakeholders — the legislature, consumers, businesses, health care providers and others — in a staged plan. Coupled with the dollars federal reform will bring into Oregon, this plan meets the legislative mandate to "provide and fund access to affordable, quality care for all Oregonians by 2015." It also meets the spirit of innovation to seek Oregon solutions to address the problems before us.
The plan includes many items that do not require legislative action, but may require changes in how we set budget priorities. For instance, a focus on prevention and treatment of addiction saves lives and dollars as does an early focus on prevention and chronic disease. Finally, the plan emphasizes how we deliver and pay for health care to ensure health equity, promote health and contain costs, beginning with the 850,000 lives for whom the Oregon Health Authority buys health care services.
The Triple Aim
In order to achieve this goal the Oregon Health Policy Board's Action Plan for Health focuses on three objectives:
Improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians
Increase the quality, reliability and availability of care for all Oregonians
Lower or contain the cost of care so it is affordable for everyone
Oregon's Action Plan for Health
Board and Committee Members, Consultants and Staff