Oregon Center for Public Policy, January 27, 2014
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Low-income Oregonians are expected to make up the bulk of the state’s population who still won’t have health insurance despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that they do so. Getting them covered is a priority for the goal of health insurance for all Oregonians.
By 2019, an estimated 120,000 Oregonians subject to the “individual mandate” will remain uninsured. Of this group, 71 percent will be low income, with earnings below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. At least two-thirds of these low-income Oregonians — at least 56,000 — will earn too much to qualify for Oregon’s Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).