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The Oregon Legislature through Senate Bill 889 (2019 Laws) has established the Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target program within the Oregon Health Authority.
The cost of health care in Oregon has grown and is projected to grow faster than both the state economy and Oregonians’ wages. A health care cost growth benchmark will serve as a target for the annual per capita rate of growth of total health care spending in the state. Cost increases of health insurance companies and health care providers will be compared to the growth target each year. The program will also evaluate and annually report on cost increases and drivers of health care costs.
The idea for a health care cost growth target in Oregon came from Senate Bill 419 (2017) Task Force recommendations. Three other states - Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Delaware - have implemented or are developing a similar program.
Sarah.E.Bartelmann, Policy Analyst
Allyson Hagen, Communications
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