WOAH celebrates new administrative facility, new name

Western Oregon Advanced Health has made some changes for the better — including a new administrative facility  located on the same campus as its partner Coos Health and Wellness and a new brand.

WOAH, which connects more than 18,000 Coos and Curry County residents on the Oregon Health Plan to local physical, mental and dental care, will now be known as Advanced Health.

Read the article in full at The World.

Oregon CCOs Show Early Signs Of Reducing Health Care Disparities

Oregon’s coordinated care organizations appear to be reducing health disparities, according to a new study from Oregon Health and Science University.

Before Oregon had coordinated care organizations, the average life expectancy of a black person was about two years shorter than that of a white person. Also 35 percent of women of color had no regular provider, compared to 18 percent of white women.

Read the article in full at OPB.org.

AllCare to discuss homelessness, other projects

The Curry County Community Advisory Council for AllCare meets 5:30 p.m., Thursday to discuss current investments that address homelessness in the community and to consider new projects.

The office is at the former Umpqua Bank on U.S. 101 in Harbor, adjacent to Wild River Pizza, and is open to the public.

Read the article in full at Curry Coastal Pilot.

Measure 101 worries healthcare industry

COOS COUNTY — Come January, Oregon voters will have to decide if they want to overturn a health care tax plan approved by the legislature this summer to address a funding gap in the state’s Medicaid program.

The taxes were an effort to keep hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan by addressing budget shortfalls through a 1.5 percent assessment on health insurance and .7 percent assessment on hospitals and coordinated care organizations.

Read more at The World.

FamilyCare Health named Top Workplace for sixth year

FamilyCare Health has been named a Top Workplace by The Oregonian for the sixth consecutive year.
Each year, companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington are awarded this honor based on anonymous employee surveys. FamilyCare is one of only five mid-size organizations to receive this award for six straight years.

Read more at State of Reform.

Trillium pursues health care vision’s promise

Five years ago, Oregon began implementing its bold vision for health care transformation — from a costly, fragmented system to a more unified, affordable model of community-based care for Oregonians served through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).

In Lane County, Trillium Community Health Plan was already serving OHP members when we became a Coordinated Care Organization, one of 16 regional CCOs in Oregon.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

AllCare Health offers free masks in Brookings

AllCare Health is giving out free face masks in Brookings to help people guard against dangerous smoke caused by the wildfires in Southern Oregon and throughout the state.

Anyone can get a free mask; they do not have to be an AllCare Health member.

Read more at Curry Coastal Pilot.

Don’t repeal Oregon health care model

Congressional Republicans’ recent failure to repeal Obamacare hasn’t stopped a small contingent of radicalized lawmakers, led by state Rep. Julie Parrish, from attempting to take health care away from hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

By asking voters to repeal funding for Medicaid, they essentially are asking voters to force more uninsured Oregonians to seek care in costly and often unnecessary emergency settings, which we all pay for.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

Community anniversary extravaganza celebration Saturday

Cascade Comprehensive Care and Cascade Health Alliance will celebrate the company’s 25-year dedication to the Klamath Basin community with an anniversary celebration Saturday, according to a news release.

The 25th Anniversary Extravaganza will feature water slides and other inflatables, games, snacks and giveaways at Veterans Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the fun and games, attendees will get the chance to learn more about Cascade Comprehensive Care (CCC), Cascade Health Alliance (CHA), and other community organizations. This is a free event, open to the public.

Read more at the Herald and News.

Circle the Bat draws more than 150 participants

A total of 49 individuals and 38 relay teams completed the annual Circle The Bay road run last Saturday.

The 30-kilometer race took runners from Ferry Road Park through North Bend, through Coos Bay and Eastside and around the waters of Coos Bay along East Bay Drive and back to the park by crossing McCullough Bridge.

Two relay teams set new division records.

Read more at The World.