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After six-spot drop, Beaver State moves back toward Top 10 health ranking

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June 24, 2014

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.

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Oregon Department of Insurance

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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.