Judge rules in support of FamilyCare Health’s Amended Complaint against the Oregon Health Authority
Portland, Ore. – September 13, 2017 – A Marion County judge has granted FamilyCare Health’s request to file a second amended complaint against the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
The amended complaint introduces new claims for relief, including: Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; Break of Dispute Resolution Agreement, and Intentional Interference with Business Relations.
The complaint was amended following the publication of an OHA communications plan released through public records requests by the press. The amended complaint alleges that the OHA plan outlined the agency’s intent to harm and isolate FamilyCare in the media and legislature.
The amended complaint goes on to describe how the OHA “smear” plan was developed and implemented during a formal dispute resolution process in which both parties agreed to negotiate and share information in good faith in order to avoid litigation.
These claims build on the original complaint, which alleged that OHA targeted FamilyCare with an inequitable and actuarially unsound rate-setting process designed to put FamilyCare out of business.
A hearing on discovery is set for 9:15 a.m. on September 21.
About FamilyCare Health
For more than 30 years, FamilyCare Health provided patient-centered health care to Oregonians. FamilyCare Health was the first health plan in Oregon to integrate models of physical and mental health and the first CCO in the tri‐county area certified by the Oregon Health Authority.