What’s on the Health Care Table to Keep $800 Million in Fed Matching Funds in Oregon
By Betsy Earls
Associated Oregon Industries
Oregon’s Largest Business Advocate
The Current Program
There are two distinct revenue streams in Oregon’s current program: a tax on the 25 largest hospitals (those with more than 50 beds), and a tax on the state’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs).
The revenue from these two taxes is then used to draw down federal matching funds for Medicaid. The federal match is significant: Oregon receives approximately $2 federal dollars for each $1 provider tax dollar it raises.