About the Office of Health Policy
The health policy office analyzes and develops policy options, facilitates stakeholder discussions, coordinates strategic and implementation planning efforts, and conducts health services research and policy evaluation for the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB), OHA, and other participants in Oregon’s health system transformation work. These services help Oregon identify opportunities, articulate program options, implement policy, and assess its progress toward achieving the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower costs.
Focused areas of work include:
- Oversight of Oregon’s Medicaid policies, including the State Plan, which defines all Medicaid eligibility, benefits and reimbursement policies, the 1115 demonstration waiver, home and community-based waivers and serving as the single point of contact for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
- Developing and analyzing policy as legislatively directed on priority topics such as the key elements of health system transformation, rural health care initiatives, health care financing, and others.
- Engaging stakeholders, working with contractors, initiating and administrating grants to implement delivery system transformation policies, primary care workforce development, strategic plans, etc.
- Analyzing emerging health policy issues and regulations and working with national and other state experts to bring best practices and new ideas to Oregon.
- Administering Oregon's Primary Care Office which supports community health efforts by providing technical assistance and coordination for primary care, safety net initiatives and grant programs, and workforce recruitment and retention initiatives.
Requests for archived information from the Office of Health Policy and Research should be sent to Zarie Haverkate.