State of Washington, et al., v. Trump., et al

Filing 100

DECLARATION of Marc Overbeck in Support of State of Oregon's Motion to Intervene filed by Plaintiff State of Oregon re 94 MOTION to Intervene Attorney Scott J Kaplan added to party State of Oregon(pty:pla) (Kaplan, Scott)

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1 2 3 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON 6 AT SEATTLE 7 STATE OF WASHINGTON, et al., 8 Plaintiffs, Case No. C17-0141JLR DECLARATION OF MARC OVERBECK 9 v. 10 DONALD J. TRUMP, et al., 11 Defendants. 12 13 14 I, Marc Overbeck, hereby declare and affirm as follows: 15 1. I am over the age of 18 and competent to testify. 16 2. I am the Director, Primary Care Office, of the Oregon Health Authority. The 17 mission of the Primary Care Office ("PCO") is to promote health equity and access to quality 18 medical, dental and behavioral health services for all people living in Oregon. The PCO works 19 under a Cooperative Agreement with the US Health Resources and Services Administration 20 ("HRSA") to identify shortages of health care professionals in various communities around the 21 state and help coordinate efforts to recruit and retain needed professionals in these areas. As part 22 of that agreement with HRSA, each state is required to identify a PCO Director, One program 23 within the PCO_is the J-1 Visa Waiver (Physician Waiver) Program. 24 3. Oregon's health care system, particularly in rural and underserved areas, is 25 dependent on the presence of an adequate supply of health care providers to serve the population. 26 J-1 physicians are international medical graduates who have been given a J-1 Visa to complete a Page 1 - DECLARATION OF MARC OVERBECK SK/rh2/8034107-v1 OREGON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 100 SW Market Street Portland, OR 97201 (971) 673-1880 / Fax: (971) 673-5000 1 medical residency or fellowship in the United States. A stipulation of the J-1 Visa is that upon 2 completion of training, the physicians must return to their home country for two years. This 3 requirement is "waived" for a physician willing to work in a shortage area, in a position for 4 which recruitment of a U.S. physician has been unsuccessful. Oregon, like other states, has 5 30 J-1 slots per year, with up to 10 "flex" slots available outside of designated Health 6 Professional Shortage Areas, provided other program requirements are met. 7 4. There is a great deal of competition among states to obtain physicians willing to 8 work on the J-1 program. In the past, Oregon has been unable to utilize all of its available slots; 9 the Executive Order will very likely make this even more difficult by reducing the pool of 10 providers whom we may have to practice in Oregon under this program. Already, one physician 11 from a country affected by the Executive Order who had been willing to work in Florence, 12 Oregon, an area affected by a physician shortage, has indicated through his counsel that because 13 of the Executive Order, he was unlikely to obtain a waiver to remain in the country and practice 14 medicine in Oregon. 15 5. Since 2002, approximately 320 J-1 visa international physicians have practiced in 16 Oregon, including 16 physicians from the countries affected by the Executive Order. As 17 required by the visa, these physicians serve regions such as rural areas of southern and eastern 18 Oregon that have difficulty recruiting physicians domestically, particularly physicians who are 19 willing to accept flie Oregon Health Plan or Medicare. 5-1 visa physiciarA are also important to 20 staffing the Oregon State Hospital, our statewide psychiatric hospital, which currently employs 21 such physicians and is seeking to employ several more to address the shortages faced by our state 22 institution in serving the current and anticipated future patient population. 23 6. Currently, physicians from Iran and Iraq are practicing in underserved areas. 24 Without J-1 visa physicians, Oregon patients will have to either delay treatment or travel farther 25 to obtain it, resulting in additional Oregon Health Plan and Medicare costs to the State. Because 26 Page 2 - DECLARATION OF MARC OVERBECK Slcrh2/8034107-v1 OREGON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 100 SW Market Street Portland, OR 97201 (971) 673-1880 / Fax: (971) 673-5000 1 we are responsible for providing transportation to nearest available provider who can provide 2 services, this will result in additional costs to the State of Oregon. 3 7. J-1 Program directors in other states have identified similar concerns as the ones 4 we have identified about the negative effects to the program and the ability to recruit additional 5 providers imposed by the Executive Order. 6 7 I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. EXECUTED on February - , 2017. f 8 9 MARC OVERBECK 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Page 3 - DECLARATION OF MARC OVERBECK. SKirh2/8034107-v1 OREGON DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 100 SW Market Street Portland, OR 97201 (971) 673-1880 / Fax: (971) 673-5000

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