Plans for Ore. health overhaul about to be clearer

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Legislature has bought into Gov. John Kitzhaber's ideas for redesigning the state's health care system for low-income patients.

Now, it's about to become plain how many Oregon care providers are ready to put his vision into practice.

Regional organizations that want a piece of the redesigned Oregon Health Plan must declare their intentions to the state by the end of Monday or miss their chance until next year.

Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, chief executive of a Roseburg physicians group, says his group was nervous about joining eight other area medical organizations, but says he expects good results.

The state is also counting on up to $2.5 billion in federal money, but the Obama administration has not yet said how much money, if any, will be available.