Capital Insider, July 31, 2015
by Peter Wong
Different groups have differing expectations for a study of how Oregon should pay for health care — a study that lawmakers authorized two years ago but did not fund until now.
The Legislature set aside $300,000 in the new two-year budget to fund the study, which will be carried out through the Oregon Health Authority. House Bill 2828, which extends the study authorization for two years, also allows for donations.
Courtni Dresser of the Oregon Medical Association, which contributed, said: “The results of this study could serve to strengthen the existing coordinated-care organization (CCO) system, as well as identify other innovative strategies to provide cost-effective care to all Oregonians.
But Jenn Baker, speaking for the Oregon Nurses Association, envisions the study as a step toward a system under which the government pays all health care bills.
“They (nurses) also understand that the state must have an adequate and stable financing plan to move towards a statewide single-payer system,” Baker said.