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Oregon Experiences Largest Decline in Uninsured Children

State officials attribute the success to the Healthy Kids program whose numbers grew from 19.4 percent in 2008 to 33.6 percent in 2012.

Since October, Cover Oregon has been toiling through technological hiccups to make sure more Oregonians have affordable and quality health insurance. Behind the scenes, even before the Affordable Care Act became law, efforts to have more children covered by health insurance have been quietly successful, especially in Oregon.

According to a new report, "For Kids' Sake: State-Level Trends in Children's Health Insurance - A State-by-State Analysis," the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. dropped from 9.7 percent in 2008 to 7.5 percent in 2012. The report, conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health's State Health Access Data Assistance Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also documents recent coverage trends at the state level using data from 2008 through 2012, the most recent year available.

Dembrow, Thompson Discuss Cover Oregon Rollout, Single Payer

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Dembrow says even if the legislature passes a single-payer bill, it's likely to be referred to voters

Five speakers – including state legislators from both sides of the aisle, as well as political advocates and representatives from the insurance industry – gathered in the banquet room at Kells Irish Pub Tuesday night to talk about what lies ahead for healthcare reform in Oregon.

Mobile Medical Applications and the Affordable Care Act

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Such applications will transcend the ‎landscape and hopefully result in better quality care which will be most cost-effective, according to the author

OPINION -- Returning from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual symposium in ‎Washington, DC, at the end of November, I reflected on what issues seemed to be hot given health reform, what was the buzz in the halls, and at the breaks.

Poorest Oregonians Could Be Hurt By Obamacare

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The author encourages Sens. Merkley and Wyden to co-sponsor legislation that would stop the subsidization of multimillion dollar corporate bonuses.

OPINION -- The Oregon Health Authority took a pratfall on technological snags of Cover Oregon. Obamacare has other snags that will create new holes in already fragile safety nets. These snags could trip the poorest Oregonians who, limited to the Oregon Health Plan, might forfeit their homes and health care options.

Mark Ganz Assumes National Leadership Role

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The CEO and president of Cambia Health Solutions becomes the chair of the most powerful health insurance lobbying group in the country Jan 1.
An avowed Republican, Mark Ganz has never been a fan of the Affordable Care Act, and has purposely kept the Regence health plans as far away from the insurance exchanges as humanly possible. 


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