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Oregon Approves $40M for Hospital Overcrowding

Oregon lawmakers on Sept. 23 approved more than $40 million in emergency funding to alleviate overcrowding in the state’s hospitals.

The majority of the funding is dedicated to mitigating bed shortages at hospitals and long-term care facilities through increased staffing. Additionally:

  • $21.8 million will fund contracts with nursing staffing agencies to support short-term staffing needs at hospitals and long-term care facilities;
  • $4.4 million will support two respite care facilities;
  • $4.2 million will provide incentives for adult foster homes, residential care facilities, and in-home care agencies accepting individuals ready to be discharged from the hospital; and
  • $2.3 million will fund supplemental enhanced care facility beds.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Julie Kozminski is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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