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News Release
Public comment period on Medicaid waiver renewal to start Dec. 7 - 12/01/21

Dec. 1, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt (503) 383-6079 (media), meeting info and accommodations contacts listed below.

Public comment period on Medicaid waiver renewal to start Dec. 7

What: OHA is seeking the public’s input on 1115 Medicaid Demonstration waiver renewal application. The public is invited to give input on the draft waiver application Dec. 7, 2021 through Jan. 7, 2022. Details on meetings and how to comment are below.

The draft application is available here.

For people unable to attend a meeting, or who prefer to submit comments in writing, they can be sent to .Renewal@dhsoha.state.or.us">1115Waiver.Renewal@dhsoha.state.or.us, via this form https://tinyurl.com/OHPWaiverSurvey or send them via mail to:

Health Policy and Analytics Medicaid Waiver Renewal Team

Attn: Michelle Hatfield

500 Summer St. NE, 5th Floor, E65

Salem, OR 97301

Agenda: At each meeting, OHA staff will give an overview of the waiver application followed by an opportunity for community members to give public comment.

Meeting details:

Background: Over the past year, OHA has been developing a shared vision from a diverse range of health care and community voices for changes to the Medicaid system – often referred to as the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). The vision for those proposals are outlined in a series of five policy concept papers, linked below. Based on the concept papers, OHA has developed a draft waiver application which formally proposes the concepts to the federal government. OHA is seeking public comment on the draft application during the Dec. 7, 2021 to Jan. 7, 2022 period.  

Draft Medicaid waiver application

Final concept papers:

Maximizing continuous and equitable access to coverage

Improving health outcomes by streamlining life and coverage transitions  

Moving to a value-based global budget

Incentivizing Equitable Care

Improving health through focused equity investments led by communities


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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
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  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact the meeting information/accommodations contact listed below each meeting by phone or their email at least 48 hours before the meeting. OHA accepts all relay calls.

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