Understanding “Cover Oregon”

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You’ve probably seen the commercials, the bus stop images, or other provocative images around your city: Colorful, warm scenes with limited explanation save the words: Cover Oregon.

So what do they mean? This Friday’s your chance to find out, as Cover Oregon hosts a live webinar to answer all your questions.

In the meantime, here’s a quick review of the purpose and benefit of the new organization.

As states continue to implement pieces of the Affordable Care Act (Yay Obamacare!), our state has formed Cover Oregon, a place where Oregonians can get help navigating insurance plan options and learning about the financial aid options that may be available to them.

Cover Oregon will help Oregonians compare and enroll in health and dental plans. If you already have insurance through your workplace or are otherwise exempt this may not sound as significant as some of the other benefits provided by the Affordable Care Act. But for the 520,000 uninsured Oregonians — and the nearly 500,000 individuals or families that may be eligible for financial assistance — this launch on October 1 is a significant step to provide opportunities for a healthy life for all Oregonians.


This Friday’s webinar will help to answer further questions including how to use the site, how to access financial help, and other questions submitted directly by Oregonians. Here’s your chance to understand the dancing man and learn the ropes of the exchange, which opens on October 1.

What are some of the other benefits from the Affordable Care Act?

In Oregon, we’re looking at more options, better value, better health, and a stronger Medicare program.

The ACA makes sure that insurance companies allow young adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ plan. It also ends the ability of an insurance company to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Those companies are now required by law to spend at least 80 cents of your dollar on actual health care — which means they can’t jack up prices arbitrarily as they have done in the past. Oregonians can also look forward to preventive services coverage without additional costs. And more! Catch the full rundown on the ACA impact on Oregon from the Health Department here.

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