Oregon is tied with Washington as the 13th healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Oregon, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Oregon Medical Insurance Pool
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Oregon started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Oregon's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Oregon Health Plan (OHP) — Provides health care coverage to low-income Oregonians through programs administered by the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP). Currently, more than 600,000 people each month receive health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.
Oregon Department of Insurance — Health insurance information for Oregonians.
Oregon Medicaid — Medicaid provides health care insurance for low-income residents through a federal and state partnership. Federal regulations provide a framework for each state to build a unique Medicaid program or State Medicaid Plan.
The Family Health Insurance Assistance Program — Helps regon families pay the monthly premium for high-quality, private health insurance plans. FHIAP pays from 50 percent to 95 percent of the premium for Oregonians who are uninsured and meet income and other guidelines.
Oregon Health Plan Wikipedia entry — A Wikipedia page on the plan, first passed in 1993, that at the time made Oregon the leader in health care reform.
Single Payer Oregon — A statewide coalition of diverse organizations and organizing committees working together for a comprehensive, high-quality, publicly-funded health care system that will serve everyone in Oregon and the United States.
Health Care for All Oregon — Working for secure, affordable health care for each and every Oregonian through a universal, single-payer health care system for every resident of the state (and nation).
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Oregon.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Oregon -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Oregon.
Why health care reform is important to Oregon -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Oregon.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Oregon -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Oregon.
Oregon mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Oregon -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
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05/03/2013 7:05 PM
The Lund Report — Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon covers more people in Oregon than any other health insurer. However, it will not participate in the small-business exchange. Regence’s parent company is creating a new company called BridgeSpan to offer individual policies on the exchange.
03/08/2013 8:03 PM
The Lund Report — Rocky King, executive director of Cover Oregon, says Oregon is further along and doing a better job than many other states in establishing a health insurance exchange.
03/04/2013 3:03 PM
Associated Press — Cover Oregon, the state health insurance exchange, will use an interpretation service and develop outreach materials in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese in addition to English in a concerted effort to reach the estimated 500,000 Oregonians for whom English is a second language.
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