Oregon State Policy

 

OPCA is a strong voice in Salem for Oregon's community health centers.

We've influenced policy that rewards clinics for adopting the patient-centered medical home model, ensures prenatal care coverage for all women in Oregon and monitors Coordinated Care Organizations.  To ensure a sound future for your health center and its patients, subscribe to our Legislative Update and join us when we meet with your legislators.

OPCA State Policy Director
 
John Hummel
503-228-8852, x238
  • Access to prescription drugs: OPCA engaged a consultant to report on the value that Oregon's CHCs provide to patients and the state through savings from the federal 340B discount drug program.  Read the report here
  • Promoting health equity: OPCA will continue to advocate for actions that reduce or eliminate avoidable health disparities.  We'll also urge the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) to account for behavioral and socio-economic barriers to health as they track health outcomes and develop payment models. 
  • Care continuity:  We will continue our efforts to ensure that patients can remain with their current provider/clinic when moving on or off the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or registering with a CCO.
  • Primary care workforce: We will continue our efforts to ensure that CHCs have enough providers to treat all who need care - including the thousands of new patients expected in 2014. 
  • Basic Health Plan: OPCA will explore ideas for insurance coverage options that benefit Oregonians who "fall through cracks" between OHP coverage and the federal subsidies offered through the Cover Oregon exchange.
  • High-quality oral health access: OPCA will work to ensure that oral health access and quality are equivalent to access and quality for physical, behavioral and mental health services.  We are particularly concerned with oral health services for children.
Legislative Wrap-Up 
 
The 2014 Oregon legislative session ended on March 7.  Here's the final tally for bills that OPCA supported:
  • Five passed to become law.
  • One saw its main provision picked up in another bill that passed.
  • One did not survive the session. 

Sign up for OPCA's Weekly Legislative Update, published during the state legislative session each year, for details on policy doings in Salem.  Email Beth Quartarolo at OPCA to subscribe.

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Source documents and websites of interest:

CCO Administrative Rules

Waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

(giving Oregon federal permission to create CCOs)

Oregon Health Authority's CCO Fact Sheet

Oregon Health Authority's CCO Resource Page

 

 

Former CMS director Dr. Don Berwick speaks about the need to achieve health equity in order to realize the health care triple aim. He cites Oregon as a national leader in health care reform.

 

 

 

Want to turn your state legislators into state health center champions?

Invite them to tour your clinic.  Give them the chance to discover your incredible value by speaking one-on-one with patients, staff and board members. 

It's the #1 way to get your legislators fighting for health centers in Salem.

Contact Victoria Demchak at OPCA for help arranging your tour, copies of tour do's and don'ts, and informative handouts for state senators and representatives.