CMS grants Oregon five-year waiver for Medicaid services

Portland, Ore. — Today in Salem, Governor Kate Brown announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has granted Oregon a five-year waiver, allowing the state’s Medicaid reformation continue.

Waivers that have allowed the state to dramatically reshape the health care system have been granted by the federal government since Oregon Health Plan was launched in 1993. This most recent waiver is effective January 12, 2017, and runs through June 30, 2022.

The CMS decision was praised by the state’s health care leadership, including Mimi Haley, executive director of Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, which manages Medicaid services in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

“The 1115 Demonstration Waiver, which established Coordinated Care Organizations, helped the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization meet the unique needs of the Oregonians that reside in the rural, Northwest portion of the state,” Haley said. “The flexibility of this waiver has allowed our CCO to connect with members, providers and the community in new ways that would have been virtually impossible before CCOs were created. We are pleased that the federal government renewed our waiver as it allows us to continue to provide innovative, person-centered health care based on the needs of the community”

For information, contact Patti Atkins, Communications Consultant, 503-961-2535, patti@prpatti.com.

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