People of Northwest Public Radio
Tue June 17, 2014
Oregon Tries New Health Care Benefits Model For Public Employees
Public workers in Oregon will soon receive health care under a new model that's meant to rein in costs. The Oregon Public Employees Benefits Board approved a plan that's similar to a type developed for Oregon's Medicaid enrollees.
Under that model, health care providers are given more flexibility to administer lower-cost preventative care. For example, paying for an air conditioner for a senior so they don’t get heat stroke.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says if the plan works for Oregon's 130,000 public employees, "We're hoping that this will then lead to being able to move that care model even further and offer it to small businesses and individuals.”
The governor's office says the cost of providing health care to public workers in Oregon has almost doubled over the past 12 years.
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