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.

Nonprofits seek share of housing grant

Several nonprofit organizations asked county Wednesday for some of the remaining $98,000 AllCare grant to provide housing and services for homeless people, and will now have to submit full proposals before funds are granted.

Additionally, the terms of the grant will have to be changed — and were given the blessing of Sam Engel, the social services coordinator from AllCare at the commissioner meeting — to include services for the homeless. The original grant was to be spent on a housing needs study and housing related needs.

Read more at the Curry Coastal Pilot.

Young woman finds a home with help from Eugene area non-profits

Advocates say one of the best ways to approach the problem of homelessness is to provide housing first. Then, issues around drug addiction and physical and mental health can be addressed in a safe, stable situation. One organization in Lane County is working to provide housing to those in need

Cornerstone Community Housing started about 20 years ago in Lane County. It provides affordable housing in collaboration with local non-profits. Thanks to grant-funding from Trillium Community Health Plan, Cornerstone also provides Community Health Workers for its residents.

Read more at KLCC.

Coos County gets call boxes for suicide bridge

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county has obtained suicide call boxes after witnessing an alarming spike in the number of people attempting suicide at a popular bridge.

The 30-pound stainless steel boxes are equipped with a blue light that will glow once the sun goes down. Users press a button that immediately connects them with a 911 operator who will communicate with them through a speaker.

Read more at the Gazette Times.