Oregon Receives First-in-Nation Medicaid Funding for Food, Housing and Nutrition

September 28, 2022 by Dan McCue
Oregon Receives First-in-Nation Medicaid Funding for Food, Housing and Nutrition
Gov. Kate Brown (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

HERMISTON, Ore. — Oregon on Wednesday became the first state in the nation to receive an influx of significant new federal funding to pilot changes to the state’s Medicaid program.

Gov. Kate Brown and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said the state will receive a total $1.1 billion in new federal funds to address the health-related social needs of Oregonians. 

Under the new medicaid waiver, Oregon is the first state in the nation to receive federal approval for continuous health coverage for children under 6 years old. 

Additionally, all Oregon Health Plan members aged 6 and older will have two years of continuous OHP enrollment, ensuring continuous coverage and consistent access to health, dental and behavioral health care. 

The waiver will also expand health-related social needs coverage for certain food assistance and housing support — as well as invest in resources that will help mitigate the health risks of climate change, serving as the first state in the country to use medicaid funding for climate-related health needs.

“Health care does not occur in a vacuum — it’s clear that we must look beyond a traditional, siloed approach to truly meet the needs of people, particularly those experiencing complex challenges,” Brown told reporters Wednesday afternoon. 

“With the approval of our Medicaid waiver, we will be taking an innovative, holistic approach to closing equity gaps by addressing health-related social needs — such as housing, nutrition and support for extreme climate events,” she said.

“This transformational agreement injects new resources into our health care system to help Oregon families and communities tackle the housing and food insecurity problems that can undermine good health and quality of life,” Brown added.

Dan can be reached at [email protected] and @DanMcCue

A+
a-
  • health
  • Medicaid
  • nutrition
  • Oregon
  • In The News

    Health

    Voting

    In The States

    June 21, 2024
    by Lauren Zola
    Civil Liberties Groups to Sue Louisiana Over Ten Commandments Mandate

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Just hours after Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican, signed a bill into law requiring the... Read More

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Just hours after Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican, signed a bill into law requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in all public school classrooms, civil libertarians offered their unequivocal response — we’ll see you in court. With Landry’s signature, Louisiana... Read More

    Newly Named Washington Post Editor Decides Not to Take Job After Backlash

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newly named Washington Post editor Robert Winnett has decided not to take the job and remain... Read More

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newly named Washington Post editor Robert Winnett has decided not to take the job and remain in England amid leadership turmoil at the news organization. The Post's CEO and publisher, Will Lewis, announced Winnett's decision to withdraw in a note to staff... Read More

    AP Decision Notes: What to Expect in Utah's State Primaries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-Trump Republicans lost their standard-bearer in the Senate when Sen. Mitt Romney announced he wouldn’t seek a second... Read More

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-Trump Republicans lost their standard-bearer in the Senate when Sen. Mitt Romney announced he wouldn’t seek a second term. On Tuesday, Utah voters will decide whether a similar brand of politics can still succeed in Republican primaries. Even before Romney announced he wouldn’t run... Read More

    Bob Good Hopes Final Vote Count Will Put Him Ahead of Trump-Endorsed Challenger

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Conservative U.S. Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., is asking for “patience from the people of the 5th... Read More

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Conservative U.S. Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., is asking for “patience from the people of the 5th District over the coming weeks” as he hopes the final ballot count from Tuesday's primary will allow him to fend off a challenger endorsed by former... Read More

    Vermont Legislature Overrides Governor, Passing Overdose Prevention, Renewable Energy, Tax Measures

    The Democratic-controlled Vermont Legislature on Monday overturned a number of the Republican governor's vetoes, passing measures to prevent drug overdoses,... Read More

    The Democratic-controlled Vermont Legislature on Monday overturned a number of the Republican governor's vetoes, passing measures to prevent drug overdoses, restrict a pesticide that's toxic to bees and to require state utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035. But the Legislature failed to override Gov.... Read More

    June 17, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    Des Moines Register Poll Reconfirms Iowa’s Shift From Swing to Red State

    WASHINGTON — Iowa, home to corn, state fair butter cows, and a world famous political caucus, is a swing state... Read More

    WASHINGTON — Iowa, home to corn, state fair butter cows, and a world famous political caucus, is a swing state no more. That much now seems obvious with the release of a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll Monday that showed former Republican President Donald Trump... Read More

    News From The Well
    scroll top