New Oregon Law Expands Insurance For Immigrants, Underserved Populations

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Cover All People will implement a $10 million program to provide health insurance to roughly 80,000 people who had no coverage.

Oregon's Uninsured Rate Stagnates

Many without insurance qualify for Medicaid and up to one-half of those with insurance are not fully covered because their deductibles or expenses are too high.

The percentage of Oregonians without health insurance has stagnated in the past two years, new data show.

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.

Insurers May Be Restricted From Covering Transplants for Two Years

The previously uninsured can expect to wait up to two years for even pre-op care unless Oregon’s Insurance Commissioner issues a rule change by Jan. 1


October 10, 2013 -- Cover Oregon begins in only a few months. But those needing an organ transplant who haven’t had prior coverage may have to wait a lot longer.

Uninsured Charged Much More Depending on the Clinic

The prices for cataract surgery for an uninsured patient vary from $2,500 to more than $8,000 depending on whether the clinic is located in Bend, Portland or Salem

February 25, 2013 -- At 63 and self-employed, I'm too young for Medicare, I make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but I don't make nearly enough to afford an individual insurance policy.

Southwest Community Health Center Focuses on Uninsured

A majority of patients at the Multnomah Village-based clinic come from southwest Portland, but patients travel from as far away as Troutdale or Woodburn to seek care

October 25, 2012 -- For seven years, the Southwest Community Health Center – nestled in the heart of southwest Portland's Multnomah Village – has served Portland's uninsured, with no restrictions on age, income or neighborhood. Forty percent of patients travel to the neighborhood from outside southwest Portland – some from as far away as Troutdale or Woodburn – but the majority of patients live in the southwest quadrant.

Up to 200,000 Oregonians Could Still be Uninsured in 2019

Although the numbers have not been adjusted to account for state-level reforms, advocates are worried about shrinking resources for uninsured people

October 19, 2012 -- A 2010 report published by the Oregon Office of Health Policy Research estimates that 35 percent of currently people lacking insurance would remain uninsured by 2019, despite expanded coverage by the Affordable Care Act.

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