SB 299, a bill to prohibit denial of medical assistance to a minor in detention pending adjudication was heard on March 21. Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), is supportive of this measure.

The bill was introduced by Senator Hansell, and continues on work he did to relieve burden on counties for cost of care in detention facilities in the 2017 Legislative Session through SB 368. The 2017 legislation prohibits an insurer from denying a claim for health care reimbursement for services provided to an insured person in a detention facility pending adjudication by a juvenile court. Counties were paying medical bills for those described under the legislation, and while thi