Board seeks comments on Oregon Health Plan

State officials are taking public input about how Oregon Health Plan reforms are going, including written, Internet and in-person testimony, culminating in a Dec. 11 public meeting.

Starting in August, the Oregon Health Authority that oversees the state’s low-income health care system has shifted members into coordinated care organizations, essentially locally based health plans set up to manage spending while melding physical, mental and dental health. Today, about 90 percent of the Oregon Health Plan’s roughly 600,000 members are in a CCO.

There have been issues, such as complaints that some CCOs have excluded naturopathic doctors from serving Oregon Health Plan members, and whether dental care is being integrated quickly enough.

The Oregon Health Policy Board, which oversees the authority, meets Dec. from 1 to 4:45 p.m in the Multnomah County Commissioners’ meeting room 501 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland. Satellite locations for viewing and participation will be set up in La Grande, Medford, Eugene, Bend and Tillamook. For more details and the full agenda, including public testimony times, see the meeting’s web page.

Panels of providers and others will discuss how things are going. There will also be a webinar allowing people to register and comment online during the meeting.

Written comments must be submitted by Dec. 7. Emails should be sent to ohpb.info@state.or.us with a subject line of “Health System Transformation Feedback. Letters can be sent by mail to the Oregon Health Policy Board at 500 Summer St. NE. Salem, OR 97301.