by Roberta Hall, MidValley Health Care Advocates, Corvallis
For The Oregonian, August 31, 2014
As a member of Cover Oregon’s Consumer Advisory Committee, I am concerned that only the costs of Cover Oregon are noted in the Oregonian’s coverage (e.g. August 29 article). Yet thanks to the Accountable Care Act, individuals are not denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions and offspring are covered on their parents’ plans to age 26. More than 300,000 people have received coverage due to expanded Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan). Our politicians lacked the political will to enact universal coverage wherein the costs of enrolling people would be minuscule, and elected to simply reform and keep insurance. Still, Oregon compares very favorably with others states on reducing the uninsured rate and on the low cost of insurance through the exchange. Let’s celebrate this, and move ahead.