by Amanda Waldroupe , January 6, 2014
For State of Reform, , Brdiging the Gap Between Health Care and Health Policy
Legislation will be introduced during Oregon’s upcoming 2014 session next month instructing the Oregon Health Authority to study the feasibility of creating a basic health plan option.
A basic health plan option would offer subsidized health insurance, maintained and operated by the state. The plan could be a part of Medicaid, or the plan could mirror the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health insurance to a specific demographic by contracting with a private insurer. The ability for states to create a basic health plan option is a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Eligibility for the basic health option would be limited to people who are under the age of 65, with income between 139 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level, who are not offered employee-sponsored insurance meeting the Affordable Care Act’s affordability standards, and legal immigrants who make below 139 percent the federal poverty but are ineligible for Medicaid because they’ve lived in the country less than five years.