As we recently reported, Oregon is one of the 13 states that have taken concrete steps to establish a health insurance exchange, a regulated online marketplace for residents to comparison shop for coverage. Oregon has secured more than $64 million in federal funding for the insurance exchange.
Oregon is trying to drive down costs and improve quality with "coordinated care organizations." These groups of doctors, hospitals and other caregivers will be responsible for coordinating all mental, physical and dental care for people covered by Medicaid, the government program for the disabled and poor. Oregon is relying on a huge infusion of federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of uninsured residents.
Read more in today's Oregonian.