Tag Archives: Oregon

Census Bureau Finds Health Coverage Stabilization; Oregon 1332 Waiver Open For Comment

On September 12, the Census Bureau released its report on health coverage in the US for 2016. After a sharp drop in the number of the uninsured following full implementation of the ACA, coverage has stabilized. Also, CMS has opened Oregon’s 1332 reinsurance program waiver application for comment.

September 13, 2017

Oregon’s High-Risk, High-Reward Gamble On Medicaid Expansion

Health policy in Oregon is like football in the SEC: not only a contact sport but also a source of intense civic pride. The state's Medicaid expansion was similarly turbulent.

January 10, 2017

What’s The Story With Obamacare?

Wherever possible, we need to rely on evidence from rigorous research---rather than compelling anecdotes---to get an accurate assessment of a policy’s effects.

December 9, 2016

How Much Does Congress Care About Drug Prices? Less Than It Should

Per-capita prescription drug spending in the United States increased by 12.2 percent in 2014. However, despite indications of renewed public attention to the rising cost of prescription drugs, Congress has actually paid little attention to and spent scant time on this issue in recent years.

January 13, 2016

Dynamic Vision Is A Cornerstone Of State Payment Reform Initiatives

Faced with rising health care costs, states are designing and implementing payment reforms that fundamentally transform how the health care market provides and pays for services. Take for example Ohio and Oregon.

July 28, 2015

We May Already Know How To Reduce The High Cost Of Covering New Medicaid Enrollees

While we still do not have final figures on how much new Medicaid enrollees spent on medical care in 2014, we do have evidence---including a recent study by Naderah Pourat and coauthors published in the July issue of Health Affairs---that primary care and care coordination can help reduce the...

July 20, 2015

How Medicaid Coverage For Doula Care Could Improve Birth Outcomes, Reduce Costs, And Improve Equity

One policy effort with the potential to ameliorate equity concerns while improving care and reducing the costs of childbirth is currently being taken up by Oregon and Minnesota. These states have expanded Medicaid coverage to include doula services for pregnant beneficiaries.

July 1, 2015

Addressing Behavioral Health Integration With Payment Reform

Primary care practices in Oregon and elsewhere have been moving toward the Patient Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) model. As they emphasize whole-person primary care that is accessible, high in quality, and safe, Oregon’s Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) pilot is an important step to...

April 20, 2015