Oregon health insurance
After six-spot drop, Beaver State moves back toward Top 10 health ranking
How healthy is living on the West Coast? For Oregon, things are looking up, as the state climbed a spot to #13 in 2013 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
Why Oregon was ranked #13
In the 2012 rankings, Oregon lost ground, falling six spots from its highest rank – #8 – in 2011. It's back up one spot in the latest health rankings, thanks to improvement in several measurements. For instance, the prevalence of smoking among Oregonians has dropped; immunization coverage for children has improved; and cardiovascular deaths have seen a 10-year decrease of 36 percent.
Could Oregon's health improve? A few measurements say "yes": the prevalence of both obesity and diabetes has risen in the past year; the percentage of children in poverty is higher; and the state is among the worst ranked when it comes to poor mental health days and physical health days.
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Oregon.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Oregon health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Oregon here.
Get local health results
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.
Does Oregon have
a health insurance high risk pool?
Oregon Medical Insurance Pool
Toll-free 1-800-848-7280 or (503) 225-6620 (M-F 8am-5pm)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Oregon started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed 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.