Oregon Health Plan overhaul moves forward


The healthcare transformation bill that aims to streamline the Oregon Health Plan is moving forward.

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The healthcare transformation bill that aims to streamline the Oregon Health Plan is moving forward.

The bill passed a key committee, the Joint Ways and Means Capital Construction Committee, and now is headed to the full Joint Ways and  Means Committee.

Within seconds of the vote, Governor John Kitzhaber released a press statement lauding the vote. “The Legislature’s action today is critical to ensuring that Oregonians get better healthcare at a lower cost,” the paragraph-long press statement read. “The bipartisan leadership that has brought us to this point demonstrates just how effective we can be at addressing the real issues facing our state when Democrats and Republicans come together.”

The Capital Construction Committee is a seemingly innocuous committee, but it’s made up solely of legislative leadership, including the House’s two co-chairs, Rep. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Rep. Bruce Hanna (D-Roseburg) and Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem).

When a bill is sent to that committee, it’s usually a signal that the bill is politically controversial. Negotiations typically take place behind closed doors, and everything is agreed to prior to the bill coming before the committee, which passes it out without discussion.

Read more at The Lund Report.

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