Medicaid reform paves the way to improved care in Oregon

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 25, 2015

In 2012, Oregon’s Medicaid system was overrun with problems. Four years prior, the state wanted to offer coverage to uninsured residents but didn’t have the money to cover the 90,000 people that applied—it settled on a lottery that selected just 10,000.

Healthcare costs were far too high, health outcomes were poor, and too much money was being spent on fragmented care. By 2011, Oregon was facing a severe budget deficit of nearly $2 billion and the prospect of making further cuts to Medicaid. The system, in short, was broken. Moreover, it was unsustainable.

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