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|Wednesday, October 21, 2009|
If 3,600 jobs in Oregon just disappeared, you can bet someone would notice.
But an estimated 3,600 jobs that are likely to spring up in the wake of the Legislature’s recent health care reform legislation have gone all but unnoticed.
“There’s actually been very little talk about all the health care jobs — permanent, good, family-wage jobs that are going to be here in Oregon and are very difficult to export — that are going to be created as a result of this legislation,” Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas County) said at an August meeting of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland.
The legislation, HB 2116, expanded health care coverage to 80,000 Oregon kids and 35,000 low-income adults with a 1% tax on health insurers and a floating assessment on hospitals. It also lassoed $1 billion in federal matching health care funds.
The resulting 3,600 jobs — a prediction based on the standard software IMPLAN — will mostly be health care positions to tend to these new patients.
“The increased number of insured people will mean more people going to health care providers, which will require staff, supplies and services in every region of Oregon,” says Justin Dickerson, a regional economist with the state’s office of forecasting.
The provider tax also funded an additional 175 state jobs to help manage outreach and administrative services related to the expanded coverage.
Jo Isgrigg, executive director of the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute, said her organization has been watching other states, particularly Massachusetts, to see what effects expanded coverage has on the workforce.
“There’s huge demand for primary care practitioners,” she says, noting also that need goes up for nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists, as well.
But because there’s already a health care worker shortage in Oregon, meeting any new demand won’t be easy.
It’s not clear yet, either, where these new health care jobs will materialize, though some could be at federally certified managed care organizations. Expected demand also gives a good hint: State data show that 45,000 of Oregon’s 104,000 uninsured kids live in four counties around Portland; another 32,000 live in Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook counties.
Priscilla Andres, human resources director for OHSU Healthcare, says that OHSU may hire additional staff as a result of HB 2116, but it’s too early to tell. But Marvin Hass, chief administrative and finance officer at Asante Health System, says that no new hiring is planned because many of the people who will be covered under HB 2116 have already been receiving care at Asante.
Another area not likely to be hiring anew: private sector pediatricians in Portland.
“Medicare and Medicaid reimburse at 55% of commercial insurance rates,” says Sharon Fox, executive director of the Children’s Health Alliance, a nonprofit association of 110 pediatricians in Portland. “Private practices want these kids, but being small businesses, they can’t take on more than what they do now.”
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the U.S. that ban self serve gas stations. But these two holdouts may be ready to give up the game. New Jersey is considering legislation that would lift the state's ban on pumping your own gas. Oregon is considering smaller scale changes.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Mike Morrow and Mike Delos-Reyes first came up with the idea of an ocean power device 23 years ago, when they were students at Oregon State University. They realized a long-held vision last summer, when their startup, M3 Wave, successfully launched the first ocean power device that works underwater.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Gene Pelham, CEO of Rogue Credit Union.
Friday, May 15, 2015
BY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.
Friday, May 22, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN
Astrid Scholz scales up sustainability.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
One year after he was appointed chair of the Portland Development Commission, Tom Kelly talks about PDC's longevity, Neil Kelly's comeback and his new role as Portlandia's landlord.
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