Oregon Governor Develops Plan for Medicaid Overhaul
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) is working on a Medicaid proposal estimated to save the federal government $10 billion over a decade. The plan -- which Kitzhaber discussed at the National Governor's Association meeting last week -- would replace Medicaid's traditional fee-for-service operations and divide Oregon into 15 regions that each receive a fixed budget. Kitzhaber said that a number of governors have expressed interest in his proposal.
- "Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber: 'No One Thinks Fee for Service is Working'" (Kliff, "Wonkblog," Washington Post, 2/25).