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Mend The Gap

The Mend the Gap report was developed in partnership with the Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA) to spotlight that although Oregon has made great progress s in extending affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage to its people, the job is not done.Read and download the full PDF report.

The Issue:In Oregon, 383,000 people remain uninsured, threatening the prosperity of every county and the economic future of our state. Communities of color, LGBT communities, rural Oregonians, immigrant communities, women and low-income families disproportionately experience lack of health insurance and barriers to accessing care. In this report, we outline pragmatic yet impactful policies that have the potential to strengthen the health of thousands of Oregonians who remain uninsured and underinsured.

Key Findings:
• Nearly 1 in 10 Oregonians still lacks health insurance coverage.
• The gap in coverage disproportionately affects rural Oregonians, communities of color, immigrant children and adults, women, LGBTQ people and low-wage working families.
• While 8 % of non-Hispanic whites were uninsured in 2014, the rates were 22 %for American Indian/Alaska Natives, 21 % for Latinos and 18 %for Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.
• LGBTQ adults are also 5 %less likely than heterosexual adults to have coverage.
• Low-income workers who are not eligible for Medicaid but make less that 200% of the federal poverty line are twice as likely to be uninsured.

POLICY SOLUTIONS
1. Adopt a Basic Health Program for Oregon.
2. Restore Medicaid coverage to COFA Oregonians.
3. Extend comprehensive health insurance to Oregon’s undocumented children.
4. Open health insurance structures to Oregon’s undocumented adults.
5. Enable Oregonians in the "family glitch” to access affordable coverage.
6. Strengthen benefits and lower costs for reproductive health services.
7. Remove administrative barriers that deny service to transgender people.
8. Adopt a multi-pronged plan for improving rural health care access.
9. Lower costs for those with chronic conditions, including older working-age Oregonians.
10. Strengthen standards for dental and vision coverage in the commercial market.


 
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