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The Oregon House approved the Governor's initiative to redesign the health care delivery and finance system for Oregon Health Plan patients in hopes of improving care and lowering costs. The measure allows the State to implement a plan to create coordinated care organizations that would be responsible for mental, physical and dental health of patients in their area. Right before the important vote: Kitzhaber held a news conference: "Last year this Legislature took on one of the largest budget deficits in the nation, and erased that with civility and integrity.  A remarkable feat in this divided nation. Took the first steps of transforming are system of public education and health care this year we have the opportunity to move that important work forward, with the same spirit of bi-partisanship. I think at the end of the day, these are not Democratic issues or Republican issues; these are Oregon issues."  Proponents hope they can stem rapidly rising health care costs by managing chronic illnesses and mental health conditions so that patients can avoid expensive emergency room visits. Opponents say they're concerned the idea isn't thoroughly vetted.

 

 

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