Oregon regional Medicaid network, once closed to new patients due to doctor shortage, reopens


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PORTLAND, Oregon — Oregon health officials say a network for Medicaid patients in Klamath County has re-opened. It had previously stopped accepting new patients because of an unexpected rush of enrollees and a shortage of doctors.

Oregon Health Authority officials say the Cascade Health Alliance coordinated care organization is again accepting new patients as of August 1.

About 5,300 adults in Klamath County were locked out of joining the network. Though they were still insured, they had to find their own doctors.

The CCO saw about a 30 percent increase in emergency room use as of January. Officials say it's likely those locked out of the network went to the ER.

There are 15 regional coordinated care organizations in Oregon. Two were closed to new patients after Medicaid expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

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