Affordable Care Act

Healthcare
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Covers Foster Youth Until They Are 26

Credit oregon.gov

Young people can remain on their parent's health insurance programs until they are 26, and thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, so can foster kids.

Oregon's program is called Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program, or F-CY. It's estimated more than 3,000 youth are eligible. Valerie Rucks is a Program Manager for Oregon's Department of Human Services. She says before the Affordable Care Act, it was more difficult for youth leaving foster care to obtain medical coverage.

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Health
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

UMass Prof. In Oregon To Tout "Single Payer" Health Care

UMass Prof. Gerald Friedman

Professor of Economics Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts will be in seven Oregon cities this month, including Eugene, Portland, Corvallis and Bend (schedule below). He’ll be presenting on the merits of government financed universal -- “single payer” -- health care coverage. Professor Friedman is heard below in conversation with KLCC’s  Claude Offenbacher. 

{See pnhp.or/prof-gerald-friedman and "Gerald Friedman" on You Tube.}

May 13  LaGrande:  BMCC at Noon

May 13  Pendleton:  3:30 and 7 p.m. at EOU

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Cover Oregon
7:34 am
Fri November 22, 2013

States Respond to Obamacare Fix

Credit Cover Oregon

President Obama has tried to fix a problem with the Affordable Care Act that’s become a growing political headache for his administration. In the process, he threw a new variable into the already-confused health insurance market place. A look at how the dust is settling in Oregon and California.

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Affordable Care Act
6:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Tracking Health Care Exchange From Consumer To Call Center

A health exchange call center in Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Washington’s health exchange has been up and running for a month now. It got off to a rocky start—from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors in calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington’s technical problems pale in comparison to the federal website’s. We have two reports checking in on Washington’s health exchange. We’ll hear from a call center in Spokane. But first, we begin with KUOW’s Ruby de Luna in Seattle, who talked with some of the users of the website.

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Affordable Care Act
8:26 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Health Insurance Freakout- Time To Take A Deep Breath

The end of the year is approaching, government health care websites are failing and people across Oregon are anxious about how the new health care reform law will affect them.  Liam Moriarty reports there’s cause for concern, but there’s no need to panic.

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Cover Oregon
3:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Community Partners Look Forward To Cover Oregon Website Fix

Cover Oregon's website continues to suffer from problems.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The website problems persist for the state's health insurance marketplace, Cover Oregon.  Individuals can compare insurance plans, but the site still can't determine if someone is eligible for financial help.  

This has been a source of frustration for potential customers - and for local organizations working on behalf of Cover Oregon to walk people through the process.

These community partners are counting down the days until the website is fully functional.

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Health Care
3:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Umpqua Health Center Receives Affordable Care Act Grant

Credit Department of Health and Human Services

Four healthcare sites in Oregon were awarded grants from the affordable care act Thursday. The funds, totaling over $2.3 million, will be used to bring community-based care to those who need it most.

The Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg was chosen to receive 316-thousand dollars. The money will be used to open and provide support for a new clinic in Sutherlin. Development Director Brenda Lewis says north Douglas County is currently underserved. She's excited because the benefits from the grant will be felt quite soon:

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Cover Oregon
9:17 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cover Oregon Website Still Isn't Fully Functional

The Cover Oregon Home page.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Oregon's health insurance exchange did not meet its goal of allowing online enrollment by the end of October. Officials at Cover Oregon announced Thursday they'll begin processing applications by hand. They say they've received more than 7,000 applications so far.

At an information session this week in Springfield, Kate Wheeler, coordinator of White Bird's "Cover Oregon" education program, explained the situation to about 12 participants.

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Affordable Care Act
6:33 am
Mon October 28, 2013

5-Year-Study To Focus On Expansion Of Medicaid In Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control wants to study the impact of expanding the Oregon Health Plan to more people.

Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million to study the impact of expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Marie Harvey is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at OSU. She says the main objective of the study is to link data together.

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Affordable Care Act
12:01 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Cover Oregon Website Not Yet Available For Health Insurance Enrollment

Cover Oregon launched this week.
Credit Cover Oregon

Oregon's health insurance marketplace is still not operating at full capacity.  Technical glitches coinciding with Monday's web-launch mean Oregonians won't be able to enroll online for at least a couple weeks.

On Thursday afternoon, KLCC's Jes Burns spoke to Ariane Holm spokeswoman for Cover Oregon, about what consumers can expect.

 

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