Health Plan overhaul bill passes the House


The bill to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan passed the House, and is expected to be signed into law within days.

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The bill to overhaul the Oregon Health Plan passed the House with a 53-7 vote.

Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to sign Senate Bill 1580 into law within days. The bill allows the Oregon Health Authority to move forward with creating coordinated care organizations (CCOs) throughout the state by July 1.

At the heart of CCOs will be patient teams made up of doctors, nurses, behavioral health providers, community health workers, and other providers who will integrate physical, mental and dental healthcare to the 600,000 patients on the Oregon Health Plan. The hope is that by focusing on preventive care and reducing emergency room utilization, costs can be reduced.

Read more at The Lund Report.

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