On January 13, 2017, the federal government renewed the Medicaid waiver OHA uses to operate the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). This is good news for Oregonians, whether you are an OHP member, a health care provider, or a taxpayer.
This means that we can continue the coordinated care model in Oregon, which has linked more OHP members to primary and preventive care, so Oregon families stay healthier longer. It will allow us to continue to drive down unnecessary emergency room use and preventable hospital readmissions, so patients get the right care, in the right setting. It will help us hold down costs, so Oregon’s health system can chart a financially sustainable path forward.
Responding to congressional questions about ACA repeal
The U.S. Senate has voted to pave the way for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in coming weeks. It’s still too soon to know how this could affect OHP or the long-term future of health transformation in Oregon. However, Governor Brown staked out her priorities in a response to a request for her recommendations from Congressional leaders. She said, “It is critical that we move forward not backward when it comes to ensuring Americans have access to health coverage.”
As the debate over ACA repeal speeds forward, we will continue to work with the Governor and the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services to maintain health coverage for the 95 percent of Oregonians who now have it through commercial plans or OHP.
To learn more, read Governor Brown’s press release.