The Oregon legislature is set to begin debating legislation that would extend coverage to more than 1.3 million people in the state under a health care law that President Donald Trump and Republican leaders say is essential to saving the federal government money.
The House and Senate are expected to vote on the OregonCare amendment, which is aimed at helping some 830,000 people who qualify for federal subsidies to buy insurance on the state’s insurance marketplaces.
The measure, which has bipartisan support, is a way to provide some relief to the state as it struggles to keep its health care system afloat.
The Oregon Health Authority has not released data showing how many people are being covered under the program, which covers roughly 12,000 Oregonians.
OregonCare also does not cover everyone eligible for federal Medicaid.
But the Oregon Health Care Association, which represents health care providers in the Portland metro area, said the state would have more than 300,000 uninsured people if it adopted the plan.
“It’s the kind of coverage that we want to see,” said Bill Hensley, president of the Oregon health care association.
Hensley said the law’s provision for Oregonians to keep coverage even after they lose their job and leave the state is crucial because it allows for people to have coverage even if they no longer have jobs.
The law also provides financial help to Oregonians who lose their jobs and get new jobs, Hensry said.
The bill also provides subsidies to cover up to 10 percent of the cost of new health insurance for people with incomes of less than $30,400.
Hoskinsaid that the health care bill would provide a way for people in states that have expanded Medicaid, such as Montana, to stay on their existing health care coverage.
Hinsley said it would be a great way to help people with pre-existing conditions get coverage, but added, “There’s nothing about that that I can imagine that would be anything other than good.”
Hensleysaid the proposal could be a long-shot for a Republican-controlled House, which must pass it before the end of the month.
Hensleysays Republicans can afford to lose a couple of seats in the chamber, but that doesn’t mean it’s a done deal.
Republicans have had a hard time gaining control of the House, and a recent poll found that a slim majority of Americans want a different approach from the president.