Oregon State Policy


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
Laura Etherton
503-228-8852, x238

2015 Legislative Priorities

In the 2015 legislative session, OPCA is focused on the following priority areas as part of our ongoing work with partners and policymakers to transform primary care to achieve health equity for all:

  • Promote Health Equity & Access to Care
  • Strengthen the Primary Care Workforce in Rural & Other Underserved Communities
  • Focus on Prevention and Population Health
  • Commit to Ongoing Health Transformation

For more details on these priority areas, and the bills we are supporting, review our Legislative Policy Priorities.  Need more information?  Email OPCA Policy Director Laura Etherton.

2015 State Legislative Session

The 2015 Oregon legislative session began on February 2. The 2015 session will be a "full session," limited to 160 days.  Adjournment is expected by July 11.



Source documents and websites of interest:

Find Your Oregon Legislator

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.