The Oregon Health Authority is putting the finishing touches on the state’s revised designs for a Basic Health Plan, breaking considerably from earlier proposals that would have simply expanded the coordinated care organizations to cover more working-class adults.
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The state took a baby step towards implementing a Basic Health Plan, which would provide healthcare for thousands of legal immigrants left uninsured by Obamacare and tens of thousands of low-income people who currently qualify for subsidized health insurance on the exchange.
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More people could be coming into Oregon’s healthcare transformation, but low-income advocates are opting for a step-by-step approach to a Basic Health Plan, a possible expansion of the coordinated care system that provides care to the state’s Medicaid population.
For $25 million, the state of Oregon could be poised to expand universal healthcare for residents up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, saving these residents an average of $1,600 in healthcare costs a year while providing them with more complete coverage than they’d get from private in
An Oregon Health Authority committee has thrown cold water on the idea of a Basic Health Plan for residents who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level but don’t qualify for Medicaid.
The drive toward a Basic Health Plan for working-class Oregonians leaped over its first hurdle, as House Bill 4109 passed out of the House Health Committee 7-1 on the first day of the 2014 session.
For thousands of people who have struggled to find affordable health insurance because of the failures of Cover Oregon, a distant hope may be on the horizon — a so-called “Basic Health Plan,” in which the state would offer a health plan to low-income people who don’t qualify for the Oregon Health Plan.