Oregon Medicaid patients struggle with dental access

Access to dental care appears to be a struggle for Central Oregon’s Medicaid patients, according to a new report based on surveys from about 3,900 members.The region’s coordinated care organization, the group that takes in state funding and uses it to administer care for the more than 50,000 members in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, ranked lowest in the state with respect to overall access to care in 2015, according to an annual report released in June by the Oregon Health Authority. At that time, the study exploring Central Oregon’s Medicaid patients’ access to doctors and dentists was already underway.

Source: Medicaid patients struggle with dental access; Central Oregon CCO grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014 THE BULLETIN

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