A bill to increase health care transparency and accessibility for users of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Senate Bill 134 B, is on the move in the Legislature.

The bill requires Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) to publish information on the web to educate consumers about behavioral health best practices and expectations relating to quality of care screening, and treatment and provide other resources for mental illness and substance use disorders. The bill also allows for tribes to engage at the local level for Medicaid reimbursement.

SB 134 B was brought to the Legislature to create an increased level of transparency around behavioral health within CCOs, increase coordination of data and collaborative efforts between CCOs and providers, and is strongly supported by Multnomah County.

In the House Committee on Health Care public hearing, Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) Legislative Affairs Manager, Andy Smith