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Regional health care reform plan taking shape


Oregon’s health care reform plan began taking shape in Columbia County last month, promising improved patient care, reduced costs and simplified access to services for Oregon Health Plan members.

Columbia Pacific CCO, what’s called a Coordinated Care Organization, began enrolling members in Columbia, Clatsop, western Douglas and Tillamook counties in early September. It’s a network of health care providers working together with the goal of simplifying access to health care in the region for those enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan.

Most members are automatically enrolled. New ID cards and explanatory handbooks will be sent by early January 2013.

Dental care organizations will not initially be a part of the local CCO. That will begin Jan. 1, 2014.

This summer, the regional CCO was approved by the federal government, which gave a $1.9 billion waiver to the state to implement the programs.