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