Oregon Medicaid demo project gets $1.9M funding

The U.S. Health & Human Services Department yesterday approved Oregon's Medicaid demonstration program, providing $1.9 billion over five years to support the coordinated care effort, The Oregonian reported. The Oregon Health Plan aims to improve quality and cut costs for the state's low-income population, including pregnant women; children; and elderly, blind and disabled individuals, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The announcement comes just in time when the state's first coordinated care organizations are expected to be operational by August, according to Gov. John Kitzhaber's office. Article