May 30, 2024 - Health

💰 1 number to go: $6.85 billion

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The Oregon Health Authority published a recent report with a fiscal estimate for what it would cost annually to close the state's gap for substance use disorder services: $6.85 billion.

Zoom in: That's considerably higher than the roughly $1 billion the state spent on drug and alcohol treatment services last year.

  • More than half the new estimated costs would go toward the salaries, benefits and training of much-needed workers.

The intrigue: Public Consulting Group, which conducted the study, suggests officials "generate new revenue sources to address unmet need" by tapping into — or eliminating — the kicker tax rebate.


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