Pacific Islanders

Islanders Get Promise of 2016 for Insurance Program While State Refines Details

An upswing in awareness of the COFA islanders’ plight in the last weeks of the session was not enough to get them insurance coverage immediately, but a bill passed out of committee that directs the Department of Consumer & Business Services to figure out the program details, and Sen. Bates said they’d work to get the program passed next year.

Healthcare advocates for Pacific Islanders are poised to gain a half-step toward a cost-free insurance program for their low-income members, as House Bill 2522 has been amended to direct the Insurance Division

Pacific Islanders in Oregon Harmed by U.S. Bombing Pitch Insurance Program

A new proposal would create a program through the Oregon Insurance Division where the state would put up $2 million in general funds to receive an 80 percent federal match to offer the state’s poorest Pacific Islanders health insurance. The residents, who hail from islands devastated by U.S. hydrogen bombing, have been largely shut out of the Affordable Care Act and remain among the state’s uninsured.

Advocates for Oregon’s substantial Pacific Islander community believe they have a legislative solution to a situation that has left many of their poorest members without health insurance and shut out of the health reforms of the Affordable Care Act.

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