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Measure 101 opponents call for special session

Reps want to avert the shutdown of FamilyCare, a Portland-area Medicare provider.

Republican State Reps. Julie Parrish and Cedric Hayden on Thursday called for a special session to avert the shutdown of FamilyCare, a Portland-area Medicare provider.

Hayden and Parrish are spearheading a campaign to repeal parts of the state's health care funding law in a special election Jan. 23.

FamilyCare is a coordinated care organization — basically, it manages care and connects enrollees to doctors and other healthcare providers in the metro area.

The approximately 113,000 people insured by the Oregon Health Plan enrolled in FamilyCare will be transitioned to other CCOs.

Even though a special session is unlikely, it's happened before — in 2012, the Legislature convened for one day to provide tax assurances to Nike, which Intel was also able to get in on the next year.

FamilyCare is expected to close its doors by Jan. 31 and lay off 322 workers. The state will pay it a $5 million fee to "help with transition costs" during the month January.

The closure of FamilyCare follows a lengthy disagreement between the CCO and the state about how much it should be paid for its services.