Health care eats up a lot of money. The aim of the Affordable Care Act is to help reduce the cost and increase access.
In Oregon, the state has embarked on an ambitious journey to improve health outcomes while trimming expenses. It’s being done through CCOs or Coordinated Care Organizations. One aspect is the use of community health workers, who visit patients in their homes to try and prevent costly trips to the emergency room.
KLCC’s Angela Kellner introduces us to one Springfield woman who now thinks of her community health worker as a son.