5 Things Oregon: Rep. Cedric Hayden, Matthew Sinnott, Rx costs
Gov. Brown was in Seattle last weekend, fundraising at an event for the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) meeting. Before the crowd of largely corporate lobbyists, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Oregon “sometimes has some decent wines, at least decent pinots.” Brown shot back, wondering out loud if Inslee “might finally get your clean jobs bill passed.” It was some below the belt stuff for governors who are friends. Guess she hasn’t endorsed in the presidential race yet.
With that, here are 5 Things We’re Watching in Oregon health care for April, 2019.
With help from Emily Boerger.
1. Q&A with Rep. Cedric Hayden
Representative Cedric Hayden represents Oregon’s House District 7, covering Eastern Lane and Douglas Counties. Hayden currently serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Health Care and on the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services.
Reporter Emily Boerger talked to Rep. Hayden about how the 2019 session is shaping up for health care in this Q&A. Among the topics they discussed: addressing health care costs, controversial bills in the legislature, and being a Republican in a Democratic super-majority.
2. House advances prescription drug cost bills
The House Health Care Committee recently held a series of work sessions on bills aimed at lowering prescription drug costs. Lawmakers are exploring a variety of methods, but two approaches gaining traction in the Legislature are bulk purchasing agreements and drug importation.
Bills to establish bulk purchasing partnerships with California and Canada moved out of the House Health Care Committee last week, along with a bill to explore wholesale drug importation from Canada. A bill requiring OHA to leverage purchasing power for pharmaceuticals under Medicaid is also moving forward in the House. We give a rundown of the bills here.
3. FAIR Health releases white paper
National nonprofit FAIR Health recently released its second annual white paper, using data from a repository of over 28 billion claim records to analyze trends in place of service for health care. Data shows the utilization of alternative places of care, such as retail clinics and telehealth, continues to rise in the United States.
We spoke with FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd about her key takeaways from the white paper. “The health care system is evolving, and it is interesting to see how these new venues are taking shape and really having an impact on where people are seeking care,” Gelburd said. “What’s fascinating is you cannot look at any of these venues through a single lens – it really varies in terms of age, demographics, geography, and the level of utilization of these facilities.”
4. Video: Matthew Sinnott
Matthew Sinnott is the Senior Director of Government Affairs & Contract Management at Willamette Dental Group. He joins us in this edition of “What They’re Watching” to discuss dental’s role in CCO 2.0.
“I think where priorities have been placed, dental is sort of after the fact. But I think you could see, four or five years from now, where the last three or four years have been all about mental health and ‘the system’s broken and we’ve got to do more,’ I think…from a CCO 3.0 or whatever that next iteration is, that you could see the oral health piece rise to that level of focality.”
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