Medicaid brings staffing challenges

Medicaid brings staffing challenges

Deschutes County is adding staff to handle an expected surge of families seeking services under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.

Deschutes County Health Services staff, already struggling to retain licensed child care practitioners, say as many as 5,300 additional county residents could join the Oregon Health Plan next year, with up to 2,600 of them signing up in the first three months of 2014. The Oregon Health Plan offers Medicaid services throughout the state.

The 5,300 new OHP patients would be a 23 percent increase in Deschutes County’s caseload.

Read more at The Bend Bulletin.