In light of recent postal delays and housing displacements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis, and a wave of natural disasters across the country, state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies face new challenges communicating with their enrollees about their health coverage. Acting now to mitigate these challenges is essential as states are preparing for the end of the public health emergency (PHE) and “catching up” on coverage renewals for a large portion of their enrollees. This expert perspective reviews strategies that state Medicaid and CHIP agencies may consider to help mitigate coverage losses.
Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon
Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Health Authority, and the State Health Access Data Assistance Center
Between October 2013 and April 2014 access to health insurance in Oregon expanded in two ways, leading to unprecedented changes in insurance coverage in the state. First, the state extended Medicaid coverage to many previously ineligible low-income adults. Second, the state created a health insurance marketplace that provided a resource where individuals could learn what they are eligible for, explore financial assistance options available to them, and compare commercial plans. In this report, researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in consultation with the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota, analyzed the impact of these policies on health insurance coverage with a key objective of estimating the number of uninsured individuals in Oregon after the policy changes. For questions/comments about the report, please contact Peter Graven at OHSU.