Oregon Health Authority

Healthcare
8:36 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Oregon's Medicaid System Adds Members, Reduces Emergency Room Visits

Fewer Oregon Health Plan members are seeing this sign. Emergency room visits by Medicaid recipients are down by 21 percent, according to a new state report.
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Despite Oregon's decision to abandon its own health exchange system in favor of the federal portal, the State's Medicaid program is doing well.

A new report from the Oregon Health Authority says costs for inpatient hospital services decreased by about 5.5% since 2011. And there are 380,000 Medicaid enrollees in the new system. CareOregon's Director of Public Policy, Martin Taylor, says developing the State's Coordinated Care Organizations, or CCO's, helped ease the changeover to the federal exchange.

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Health
11:16 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Oregonians Urged To Test Their Homes For Radon Levels

How radon enters a home.
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The Willamette Valley and parts of southern and eastern Oregon have higher radon levels than elsewhere in the state. January is Radon Action month and the Oregon Health Authority urges everyone to test their homes for the gas.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is odorless, invisible and tasteless. Brett Sherry with the Oregon Health Authority says regardless of your zip code it’s a good idea to test.

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Environment
1:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Blue-green Algae Advisory For Tenmile Lakes In Coos County

Oregon Health Authority has issued an advisory for blue-green algea in Tenmile Lakes in Coos County
Credit Coos County

The Oregon Health Authority has issued an advisory due to high levels of blue-green algae in Tenmile Lakes south of Reedsport. The toxins in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

David Farrer is a toxicologist with the Oregon Health Authority.
He says people, especially children and pets, should avoid any contact with the water of Tenmile Lakes. Farrer says the blue-green algae produces the same toxin that led authorities in Toledo, Ohio to place a municipal ban on drinking water last month.

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Home Health
11:07 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Winter Is A Good Time To Check Radon Levels

Credit Oregon News Service

The Oregon Health Authority is encouraging residents to check levels of Radon levels in their homes this month. They say winter is the best time to test for the cancer-causing agent.

Radon occurs naturally in the soil and is a byproduct of decaying uranium. It has also been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths for non-smokers. Brett Sherry, the state radon coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority says when windows and doors are closed in the colder months, levels are easier to detect.

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Affordable Care Act
6:33 am
Mon October 28, 2013

5-Year-Study To Focus On Expansion Of Medicaid In Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control wants to study the impact of expanding the Oregon Health Plan to more people.

Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million to study the impact of expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Marie Harvey is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at OSU. She says the main objective of the study is to link data together.

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