Letter to the editor
The Register Guard, June 15, 2015
by Patricia Bitner, HCAO Eugene
It is clear that the profit in our health care system is alive and increasing.
The announcement of the sale of Trillium, the designated coordinated care organization, or CCO, for Lane County to a larger, for-profit corporation, Centene of St. Louis, should raise serious public concern.
A June 5 Register-Guard front-page article detailed the history of Trillium, which was awarded the contract to administer Lane County’s CCO program in 2012 and manage health care for 100,000 clients of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). The article said 25 percent to 30 percent of county residents are on OHP.
Trillium’s profit reported for 2014 on this 100,000 caseload: $22 million, up from $3.9 million in 2013 and $1.15 million in 2012.
Centene, a Fortune 500 company, feels Trillium’s prospects are bright enough to pay up to $130 million for it.
Does it make you nervous to know your tax money is flowing so freely as to provide such a healthy profit to a private corporation?
Should it matter that the administration of our care for 100,000 county residents rests in St. Louis?
How much better might the clients of Lane County’s CCO be served if a considerable portion of that profit went into the CCO system, rather than into the hands of a corporation?