Feds approve continued Oregon innovation to Oregon Health Plan, but no mention of additional money

The federal government has approved Oregon’s request to continue innovations to the Oregon Health Plan, but there’s no mention of additional money to continue the reforms, according to a letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid, provides health care services to about 1 million low- income and disabled Oregonians, including about 100,000 Lane County patients.

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Sobering station fully funded

Cascade Health Alliance (CHA) made a $250,000 donation this week for the construction of a new sobering station in Klamath Falls. “The primary purpose of a sobering station is to provide individual people with a safe place to sleep off the effects of alcohol. In the absence of a sobering station, such individuals are picked up by law enforcement for public intoxication or end up in the hospital emergency department,” said CHA President and CEO Tayo Akins…

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Grant launches ‘Gear Up and Go’ at Salem Health

Skye Hibbard-Swanson, a health educator at Salem Health, and Sally Cook, a health educator at Marion County Health Department, had some big news to share. The Diabetes Care Collaborative of Marion and Polk Counties was recently awarded a grant by Willamette Valley Community Health. The almost $35,000 award will launch a program called “Gear Up and Go,” which aims to increase physical activity through technology among fifth-graders at two pilot schools, Hoover Elementary in Marion County and Myers Elementary in Polk County.

Read more at the Statesman Journal

WOAH: Dental Sealants

McCullough Bridge to get suicide hotline phoneboxes

ready-made means to commit suicide. Now, a local agency is working to create a lifeline for those who would use the bridge to end their lives. Western Oregon Advanced Health’s Suicide Prevention Sub-Committee on Monday made the decision to provide approximately $8,000 in funding…

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WOAH: FEARsome Clinic

WOAH: CCO Success

WVP: MOMS Program