MEDICAID EXPANSION

Oregon expanded Medicaid on January 1st under Cover Oregon. This contrasts with 24 states who have not expanded Medicaid and left many people uninsured. See comparisons in Kelly Kennedy's piece "No Medicaid expansion could create health care gaps," published in USA Today on 4-30-14. LEARN MORE.

A prediction of expanded Medicaid had been less use of emergency facilities. Yet, Science on January 2nd reported that Medicaid expansion in Oregon actually increased emergency room visits 40%. However, this occurred with low-income adult Oregonians who gained coverage through the lottery in 2008, not under the Affordable Care Act. Learn more about the media coverage of that report in Kaiser Health News   

Posted on May 1, 2014 .