Beyond Cover Oregon: The problem of uninsured and affordability will continue


Portland Business Journal,
Health Care Inc. Northwest, Feb 14, 2014, 11:58am PST
by Janet Bauer, Guest Columnist

A few years from now, long after Cover Oregon’s website woes are but a distant memory, tens of thousands of low-income Oregonians will likely still lack health insurance.

At that point, faulty technology won’t be what stands in the way of these Oregonians purchasing health coverage. Cost will be the obstacle.

To avoid such an outcome, our state needs to find a way to make health coverage affordable for those who will still be uninsured after the health insurance marketplace is operating smoothly. Solving that challenge will be key in Oregon’s quest to extend health coverage to all.