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5 Things Oregon: Mask mandates, CareOregon redetermination work, Nurse staffing ratios

| Mar 16, 2023 | Oregon

In this edition, we focus on the end of the healthcare setting mask mandate, CareOregon's work to help customers retain coverage through the redeterminations process, and controversial legislation that would mandate minimum nurse/patient staffing ratios. Thanks for reading!   Shane Ersland State of Reform 1. Mask mandate to end next...[ Read More ]

Bill would provide more beds for Oregonians with behavioral health problems

| Mar 15, 2023 | Oregon

Rep. Rob Nosse (D-Portland) introduced a bill that would provide additional beds for Oregonians suffering from behavioral health problems on Monday.     Members of the House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care discussed House Bill 2544 during a public hearing. The bill would appropriate money from the general...[ Read More ]

CareOregon connecting members to resources they will need during Medicaid redetermination process

| Mar 14, 2023 | Oregon

CareOregon staff are focused on ensuring customers are connected to resources they will need during the Medicaid eligibility redetermination process as the end of the public health emergency’s (PHE) continuous coverage requirement approaches.     The federal government provided continuous coverage for Medicaid recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic through the...[ Read More ]

CareOregon to convert Seaside hotel into housing for healthcare workers, OHP members with behavioral health needs

| Mar 10, 2023 | Oregon

CareOregon will convert a Seaside hotel into housing for the region’s healthcare workforce and Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members with behavioral health needs.     The health plan purchased Seaside’s Red Lion Inn & Suites, and will create 50-60 housing units there, with two-thirds of the units reserved for the...[ Read More ]

Gov. Kotek appoints Dave Baden as Oregon Health Authority’s interim director

| Mar 8, 2023 | Oregon

Gov. Tina Kotek has appointed Dave Baden to serve as the interim director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) effective on March 17th.      Baden currently serves as the CFO of OHA. He has managed OHA’s procurement process for coordinated care organizations, and was one of the statewide incident...[ Read More ]

Washington and Oregon to end mask mandates for healthcare settings on April 3rd

| Mar 3, 2023 | Oregon, Washington

Mask mandates in healthcare settings that were put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic will end in Washington and Oregon on April 3rd.     State agencies in both states announced the end of the masking requirements on Friday following decreasing COVID-19 case rates in both states over the past...[ Read More ]