Deschutes Medicaid enrollment surging

By Elon Glucklich The Bulletin Published Mar 22, 2014 at 12:01AM
Deanna Marcum, of Redmond, holds her 2-year-old son Ashton at a checkup with Dr. John Chunn at the Central Oregon Pediatric Associates clinic in Bend on Tuesday. The state's Healthy Kids program is making more uninsured children eligible for coverage under the Oregon Health Plan, and while COPA's administrator, Wade Miller, wouldn't say how many of the practice's patients are on OHP, he indicated that the number was growing — which is significant, since pediatricians say they take a loss on every OHP patient they see. “Most practices, we're finding, are shutting their OHP eligibility down,” Miller said. “They get to a certain percentage and say, 'I can't take any more losses, so I won't see more than X percent.'” Bulletin file photo