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Oregon health insurance

A guide to health insurance in the 'We Love Dreamers' State

oregon guide to health insurance

How healthy is living on the West Coast? Oregon is tied with Washington as the 13th healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • The percentage of people with health insurance decreased from 16.8 percent in 2011 to 14.9 percent in 2012.
  • Preventable hospitalizations have decreased, and Oregon has the third-lowest rate in the nation.

The bad news:

  • While the high school graduation rate has increased over the past few years, Oregon ranks in the bottom half of states.
  • Oregon's immunization rate of 85.7 percent lags most other states.

Oregon's best and worst category rankings:

  • Infant Mortality – 2nd
  • Preventable Hospitalizations – 3rd
  • Low Birth Weight – 4th
  • Sedentary Lifestyle – 4th
  • Public Health Funding – 35th
  • Poor Physical Health Days – 45th
  • Immunization Coverage – 47th

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.

More Oregon resources

Oregon state health insurance exchange

Oregon’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$4.65 million to 23,394 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $368 per Oregon family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Oregon Congressional delegation voted on health care.

OR state government resources

Oregon Department of Insurance

Health insurance information for…

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…

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…

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…

OR advocacy resources

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…

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…

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…

Oregon health insurance companies

Health Net of Oregon
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the NW
LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon
ODS Health Plan, Inc.
PacificSource Health Plans
Providence Health Plan
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

Health insurance for OR individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Oregon. If you are looking for Oregon Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.