Uninsured Figure Slightly Misleading

Fast-TrackMEDFORD, Ore. — National media is reporting the number of uninsured Oregonians is down 10% as a result of the Affordable Care Act. According to the Oregon Health Authority, that’s not necessarily true.

That percentage number comes from the idea that the Oregon Health Authority sent out roughly 260,000 letters to qualifying residents and about 56,000 have responded so far. These letters are being sent to people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or receive health care benefits from the Oregon Healthy Kids Program.

The Fast-Track qualifiers get to skip some paperwork and enroll sooner because the Oregon Health Authority already has their income information from their participation in the other programs.

Some people getting SNAP and Oregon Healthy Kids Program benefits earn more money than the limits for the Oregon Health Plan. So, they won’t qualify for Fast-Track enrollment.

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