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…)

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Oregon faces critical dentist shortage, report shows

Oregon faces critical dentist shortage, report shows, Oregonian (June 23, 2014)

Oregon suffers from one of the most severe dentist shortages in the country, according to data released today.

A Pew Charitable Trusts report to be released Tuesday reveals that approximately 17 percent of Oregonians live in a dentist shortage area and therefore likely won’t receive adequate dental care. Oregon ranks 10th worst in the nation for dentist shortages. (Read more…)

 

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Lack of faculty prolongs state nursing shortage

Lack of faculty prolongs state nursing shortage, Portland Business Journal (April 27, 2012)

Interest in nursing careers is at an all-time high, with Oregon colleges turning away about 50 percent of qualified nursing school applicants.

Yet the state still faces a major shortage of registered nurses, especially in the areas of long-term and geriatric care, hospice care and public health. (Read more…)

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