Link Round Up: Oregon Healthcare Edition

Link Round Up: Oregon Healthcare Edition

By William JA Pinnock

You know how sometimes you find an article and it starts a snowballing effect? Well, that happened today. I was just cruising around looking at articles when I stumbled upon one about foster children rates and parental drug abuse in southern Oregon. I was so fascinated by it, I decided why not do an entire Link Round Up today on healthcare in Oregon. So, that’s just what I did.

In southern Oregon, rates of foster kids keeps going up, and one of the biggest reasons for this is drugs, and in particular, the abuse of opioids. The News-Review recently explored this heartbreaking situation in an article by April Ehrlich and it is a must read.

Here is another feather in the cap of the Coordinated Care Organization model: findings published in Maternal and Child Health Journal show that “the timeliness of prenatal care was significantly improved for Oregon women on Medicaid, with more women beginning care in the first trimester of their pregnancies”. Congrats to the CCOs!

And now another piece of good news: the State of Oregon expanded Medicaid coverage to include the children of undocumented workers. In Senate Bill 558, they changed the legal definition of ” ‘eligible’ from ‘lawfully present’ to [now] include any children who resident in Oregon.” Read more about Senate Bill 558 here.

You know what? Let’s just keep this good news train rolling and end on a positive note about improved access to healthcare. CareOregon has recently launched a new program that is aimed at improving healthcare for Native Americans in the state. The program will “help coordinate transportation and social needs, and will provide culturally appropriate services for Oregon’s Native American population.” Read more about the program here.