Oregon State Policy
State Policy Platform
OPCA is on top of policy issues that affect Oregon's health centers.
We've influenced policy to reward health centers for adopting the patient-centered medical home model, ensure prenatal care coverage for all women in Oregon and monitor 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
OPCA's Six-Part State Policy Platform for 2015
Here's the detailed version of our platform.
Grandfathered plans are those that were in existence on March 23, 2013 and haven’t been changed in ways that substantially cut benefits or increase costs for consumers. This bill requires the Oregon Insurance Division to develop rules to require all insurance companies to pay in full for all prevention screenings.
This bill will require every health plan in Oregon to provide timely access to specialty dental services.
This bill authorizes dentists to refer directly to specialists for soft tissue abnormalities and would prohibit managed care organizations and dental care organizations from requiring a referral first to a primary care physician.
Presently, community health centers do not receive compensation for behavioral health services delivered on the same day as medical services. This bill authorizes payment for same-day behavioral health visits.
Patients have a difficult time continuing care with their providers when they enter a CCO, DCO or MHO. This bill is the permanent fix to the current temporary fix: the “current provider” field on the Fast-Track Enrollment form.
This bill directs the Oregon Health Authority to study the issue of whether pension plans would be a useful recruitment and retention tool, and if they are, identify options to establish pension plans for a select number of primary care providers in locations where it is particularly difficult to recruit and retain providers.
2015 State Legislative Session
The next Oregon legislative session will begin in February 2015. The 2015 session will be a "full session," limited to 160 days.
Legislative committees will hold interim meetings before the 2015 session kicks off. Check the Oregon Legislature's website for updated information on the schedule.
Source documents and websites of interest:
Waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(giving Oregon federal permission to create CCOs)
Health Equity: A Must for Oregon's Reform Movement
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.
Tours for State Legislators
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.