Oregon launches effort to transform behavioral health system

SALEM, Ore. – Behavioral health touches every Oregonian. Everyone has a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor who has experienced a mental health issue or substance use disorder — and many Oregonians experience these challenges themselves.

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Health care providers team up for charity

SOUTH COAST – Area health care providers are splitting into teams and going head-to-head in the name of charity. The second annual provider basketball tournament is April 8 at 10 a.m. inside the North Bend High School gym, bringing eight teams to grapple for the title.

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Coast officials hope phone boxes will curb bridge suicides

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) – Officials on the Oregon coast say investing in two suicide-prevention phone booths at a bridge were suicides occur is worth the money if it saves a life.

The World reports (http://bit.ly/2no9yq0 ) that the proposed phone booths that would be located at the McCullough Bridge in North Bend have been met with public criticism.

To read more visit KTVZ.com.

Umpqua Health significant driver to local and state economy

Umpqua Health contributed more than $50 million to Oregon’s economy in 2015.

That’s according to a recent independent analysis conducted by ECONorthwest, a consulting firm that specializes in measuring the economic impact businesses and government entities have on communities.

To read more visit KQEN News Radio.

AllCare, county reach pact

Jackson County and AllCare Health have reached an agreement for the county to keep providing mental health care to AllCare’s patients through June 30 — although the help could end earlier as the county continues to lose mental health employees.

The county and AllCare, which serves Oregon Health Plan clients, were unable to agree on financial terms for the county to continue providing mental health services to AllCare patients. With a contract set to expire March 31, Jackson County began hemorrhaging mental health workers.

To read more visit Mail Tribune.

GOP’s ‘no-health-care’ plan

For anyone who doesn’t understand the reasons why Congress still hasn’t kept its (and President Trump’s) promise to overturn the Obama Administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, we have thousands of them right here on the South Coast.

The replacement plan announced by Republican Congressional leaders this week is being vilified, even by rank and file lawmakers in their own party. Estimates are that some 14 million people could lose health insurance coverage in the next year, rising to as high as 24 million over the next decade. That should be unacceptable no matter what your political party affiliation.

To read more visit The World.

GOP health bill worries rural Oregon

COOS COUNTY — Coos County Medicaid recipients and healthcare providers are reeling after the release of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act last week, which has been projected to leave millions of Americans uninsured.

The loss in coverage — estimated to be around 14 million people by next year and as high as 24 million over the next decade — would be especially detrimental to rural areas like the South Coast.

Oregon’s decision to expand eligibility for Medicaid in 2014 led to increased enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program.

Read more at The World.

Before AllCare switch over deadline, community reacts

MEDFORD, Ore. – AllCare is working vigorously to make their March 31st patient transition deadline work.

However, they do have a grace period in place so their patients aren’t hung out to dry.

There’s just a little over two weeks left for AllCare patients at Jackson County Health and Human Services to transition to Options.

Read more at ktvl.com.

Serenity Lane to begin accepting OHP for treatment services

ROSEBURG — Serenity Lane drug and alcohol providers announced this week a new contract with Douglas County CCO, Umpqua Health Alliance, to accept the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) for addiction treatment services including intensive outpatient, recovery support, mental health and DUII programs at their Roseburg clinic. Serenity Lane will also begin accepting OHP referrals from Umpqua Health for detox and inpatient programs at its residential campus in Coburg.

“We’re excited to partner with Serenity Lane to provide Umpqua Health Alliance members increased access to a comprehensive collection of addiction treatment services,” said Sue Goldberg, vice president of network and business development at Umpqua Health. “This partnership will complement the variety of programs we already offer our members and ensure they receive the help they need when and where it’s needed most.”

To read more visit The Umpqua Post.

‘Obamacare’ repeal worries Jackson County patients, providers

After Teal Kinamun fell down a flight of stairs while carrying a bookcase, she ended up in the emergency room with a broken back — and no health care insurance.

“They said, ‘Let’s get you signed up for the Oregon Health Plan,'” she recalled. “It made all the difference in the world to have that.”

Kinamun was back to work after receiving care and recuperating for two months in bed.

Read more at Mail Tribune.