Kulongoski supports Medicaid reform

A provision in a Senate reform bill means Oregon won’t pay extra costs, in the short term.

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While other governors voice concerns about the budget costs health-care reform could create, Gov. Ted Kulongoski is supporting Medicaid reform.

Thanks to a provision in a Senate health care reform bill, Oregon wouldn’t face any extra costs from new Medicaid customers added by health care reform in the short term. That measure would pay for all extra Medicaid costs for Oregon and three other states until 2019, or five years after the reform bill kicks in.

That provision, which gives aid to states with high unemployment rates and below-average Medicaid enrollment — meaning they’re likely to see faster growth on Medicaid rolls — is something Kulongoski supports, spokeswoman Jillian Schoene said.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.

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