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Oregon Health Policy Board

The Oregon Health Policy Board is the policy-making oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority and its departmental divisions.

About the Oregon Health Policy Board

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is overseen by the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB), a nine-member citizen board. OHA is responsible for the many of the state’s major health systems including the Medicaid program known as the Oregon Health Plan, the Oregon State Hospital, public health, behavioral health, and the Public Employees Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board. The OHPB develops and guides implementation of health care policy and is committed to providing access to quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians and improving population health.
Board priorities:
At its 2021 retreat, the OHPB identified four policy priority areas to guide its work and focus through 2023. The identified policy priorities are: 
1. Ensure work is centered on health equity 
OHA and OHPB adopted health equity definition developed by the Health Equity Committee:
  • Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full health potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances.

    Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address:
    • The equitable distribution or redistributing of resources and power; and
    • Recognizing, reconciling and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices
2. Implementing the Cost Growth Target Program
Contain health care costs for consumers without jeopardizing access or quality; help improve equity by making health care more affordable and accessible to all Oregonians; and inform future policy conversations about how to eliminate health inequities caused by costs3. OHA's 1115 Medicaid Waiver Renewal (2022 - 2027) 
Oregon’s 2022-2027 waiver will seek to build on Oregon’s strong history of innovation in health care, and make progress toward:
  • Creating a more equitable, culturally- and linguistically- responsive health care system,
  • Helping contain costs by providing quality health care,
  • Investing in equitable and culturally appropriate health care, and
  • Ensuring everyone can get the coverage they need.
4. Committees of the Board work
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