Oregon feels the strain after health care overhaul floods the system with Medicaid enrollees

Oregon feels the strain after health care overhaul floods the system with Medicaid enrollees, The Oregonian (July 23, 2014)

PORTLAND — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received.

However, an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been actively seeking to avoid. (Read more…)