Oregon Health Plan

Published: | Updated: November 11, 2017

Definition - What does Oregon Health Plan mean?

The Oregon Health Plan is the State of Oregon's version of Medicaid. First passed as a law on March 20, 1993 by President Bill Clinton, it was originally conceived by emergency doctor turned Oregon governor John Kitzhaber. It is a health plan meant to accommodate the state's low-income residents.

Insuranceopedia explains Oregon Health Plan

The Oregon Health Plan works with the coordinated care model, an approach that brings together a team of health professionals from various fields (physical, mental, and even dental) to work on the overall health of the patient. Coordinating results not only leads to better health assessments but the team effort also means a lower budget when compared to the cost of going through disparate medical units for tests and evaluation.

While the primary goal of coordinated care is disease prevention, the Oregon Health Plan also takes care of disease treatment.

As of 2016, more than 90% of Oregonians are insured under this plan, including adults and children. However, budget deficits are said to trouble the program and may impede its planned expansion.

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