Oregon has the third highest number of Compact of Free Association (COFA) individuals in the United States. COFA is a little-known U.S. treaty that has real impacts on more than 9,000 people in Oregon.
Health Care Inc. Northwest November 18, 2015
by Laurie Monnes Anderson, Guest columnist
As a retired nurse, it’s no surprise that one of my top priorities is to expand access to quality and affordable care for families.
What is a surprise is how many Oregonians still lack this basic human right, even after the Affordable Care Act’s passage. This week, the Oregon Health Equity Alliance produced a report showing that there are still 383,000 uninsured people in Oregon: roughly One in 10 people who live in our state, many of them children and working families.
On top of that, many people who do have coverage find it difficult to get consistent care due to high costs, discrimination and other barriers.
That’s why I’m working with the Health Equity Alliance to “Mend the Gap” in health care insurance coverage for all Oregonians, and it’s why health care must be at the top of our list for the upcoming legislative session.
The Mend the Gap report shows that gaps in coverage have a disproportionate impact on communities of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, people with chronic conditions, rural communities and low-wage working families in Oregon.