Ore. health overhaul could touch every county
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- No corner of Oregon would be left untouched by sweeping changes to the Oregon Health Plan under nearly 50 proposals from companies that want to be part of a redesigned health care system for low-income patients.
The plans are laid out in letters released this week. The documents also show that some companies see Oregon's health care overhaul as an opportunity to expand into new territories.
Groups in every county have said they want to be among the new "coordinated care organizations" charged with lowering costs and improving health care for Oregon Medicaid patients.
It's unlikely that every group will ultimately submit an application and be certified by the Oregon Health Authority. But state officials say they're pleased that no region was left out.