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Cover Oregon Hires Turn-Around Expert for Interim Leadership

| Apr 15, 2014 | Oregon

If ever there was an organization in Oregon in need of “turn around” consulting during a crisis situation, it’s Cover Oregon. At its board meeting last Thursday, Cover Oregon’s board of directors approved the hiring of Hamstreet & Associates, a well-known Portland-based consulting company that provides crisis management consulting to...[ Read More ]

OR: Medicaid Sign-Up Surge Prompts Two CCOs to Close Enrollment

| Apr 14, 2014 | Oregon

Four months into Medicaid expansion, two of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs) have closed to new enrollment because they’ve gotten unexpectedly high numbers of new patients. Trillium Community Health Plan, the CCO serving Lane County, closed in mid-March. Debi Farr, Trillium’s spokesperson, said approximately 25,000 people enrolled in the...[ Read More ]

Cover Oregon Close to Hitting Revised Low Target for QHP Enrollment

| Apr 14, 2014 | Oregon

There is no shortage of bad news for Cover Oregon these days: its website still isn’t working; Dr. Bruce Goldberg, its acting director, has resigned; and it’s still not clear whether its board will choose to scrap the project altogether and join the federal exchange. But despite all its troubles,...[ Read More ]

OR: Interview with Jeff Heatherington, President & CEO, FamilyCare

| Apr 14, 2014 | Oregon

  Jeff Heatherington is one of the most colorful characters in Oregon health care.  In 1984, he founded FamilyCare, Inc. -- one of the first Medicaid programs established in the state of Oregon. As FamilyCare’s president and CEO, Heatherington oversaw its transition to a fully capitated plan when the Oregon Health Plan began in...[ Read More ]

OR: Still Undecided on Extending Non-ACA-Compliant Plans a 2nd Time

| Apr 11, 2014 | Oregon

When the Obama administration announced last year that state regulators could allow insurance plans that are notcompliant with the Affordable Care Act’s regulations to be offered through the end of 2017, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler took prompt action, immediately announcing he would not make such an allowance. But Oregon...[ Read More ]

OR: Small Businesses Have Mixed Reaction to Governor’s Tax-Credit Offer

| Apr 9, 2014 | Oregon

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s office announced in late March that qualifying small businesses can receive a tax credit for purchasing qualified health plans (QHPs) directly from an insurance company, but it’s not clear yet how many small businesses will take advantage of the offer. Jan Meekcoms, state director of Oregon’s...[ Read More ]