The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is responsible for improving the lifelong health of Oregonians, improving quality and increasing access to health services, and containing and lowering health care costs. It was created by the 2009 Legislature to ensure that every Oregonian has access to affordable, sustainable, high-quality health care and to ensure health equity for all Oregonians. One of the ways it does that is through an innovative system of coordinated care organizations (CCOs). These CCOs serve most of the more than 1 million members of the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon’s Medicaid program. The 16 CCOs work with partners in all 36 Oregon counties to provide better care at lower cost and ensure that their members’ physical, behavioral and dental health needs are met.
OHA is overseen by the nine-member citizen Oregon Health Policy Board and carries out its work through several program areas.
Health Policy and Analytics collects and analyzes data about health care and health reform in Oregon so that legislators, policymakers, providers and individuals can make informed health-related decisions. The Health Systems Division is comprised of the Medical Assistance Program, which operates the Oregon Health Plan, and Addictions and Mental Health, which helps Oregonians achieve physical, mental and social well-being by integrating physical and behavioral care. These two former divisions were combined in the 2015–2017 biennium.
The Oregon State Hospital operates in-patient psychiatric facilities in Salem and Junction City, as well as Pendleton Cottages for patients in Eastern Oregon who are nearing the point when they can return to their communities. The Office of Equity and Inclusion works to eliminate health gaps and and make health care more accessible. The Public Health Division works to improve health for Oregonians through prevention activities and environmental health regulation.
Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.
Mailing Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E20, Salem 97301-1097
Telephone: 503-947-2340; 877-398-9238
Contact: Patrick Allen, Director
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 413