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Oregon Health Authority appoints new behavioral health director

| Mar 11, 2019 | Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority announced today that it has appointed Steve Allen, a skilled clinician, national expert on behavioral health policy and state government reform, and experienced behavioral health administrator, as the new state behavioral health director. He will begin work April 29. Steve Allen will fill the role created...[ Read More ]

Lawmaker proposes Medicaid buy-in and individual mandate for Oregonians

Emily Boerger | Mar 7, 2019 | Oregon

Representative Andrea Salinas, the new Chair of the House Health Care Committee, recently filed a bill that aims to establish a Medicaid buy-in option for Oregon residents. The bill, HB 2009, would also establish a “shared responsibility penalty,” or an individual mandate for Oregonians. HB 2009 would essentially allow individuals...[ Read More ]

Governor Brown, Attorney General Rosenblum file lawsuit over access to reproductive health services

| Mar 5, 2019 | Oregon

Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new Title X “gag rule” that will significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information for women and families. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Eugene,...[ Read More ]

OHA Health Equity Measurement Workgroup shares updates

Laura Lundberg | Feb 27, 2019 | Oregon

On February 25th, the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Equity Measurement Workgroup held a meeting to provide an update on their presentation given to the Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee (HPQMC) on February 14th. The group is creating short and long-term recommendations for the Oregon Health Policy Board to measure health...[ Read More ]

Cambia Health Solutions hires Alison Esquea as Vice President of Federal Affairs

| Feb 25, 2019 | Oregon, Utah, Washington

Cambia Health Solutions is pleased to announce that the Public Affairs and Policy team has hired Alison Esquea as Vice President of Federal Affairs, based in Washington, D.C. Esquea will lead legislative and political advocacy to advocate for solutions that improve health care for people and their families. “Alison has a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Q&A with Rep. Salinas, Health care bills to watch, Colin Cave, MD

Emily Boerger | Feb 19, 2019 | Oregon

DJ is taking a well-deserved vacation, so I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the senior reporter here at State of Reform, where I’m usually covering health care in Oregon, and a number of other states. Feel free to email me any feedback or tips on what...[ Read More ]

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