Affordable Health Care Series
October 22, 2013, 10:01 am
Brought to you by our friends at Legacy Health.
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The Affordable Care act was implemented to provide access to insurance for 22 million people in the United States. Here in Oregon, the state has chosen to run its own online exchange, called “Cover Oregon.” In part one of the healthcare series, Sheila Hamilton explains how the exchange will work.
Cover Oregon’s Rocky King talks about the launch of the online exchange and the options now available to Oregon’s uninsured.
Despite the national criticism of the website that people are supposed to be able to go to sign up for healthcare, Portland area hospitals, health providers and insurance agencies are already immersed in the execution of the Affordable Care Act. Jon Hersen, the Vice President of Health Care Transformation at Legacy talks about the revolution in healthcare due to the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act’s roots are mired deep in American’s inability to control healthcare costs. Last year, hundreds of Portlanders rallied for the 22 million uninsured Americans and the 558 Oregonians who die every year because of lack of health insurance. But President Obama’s signature plan has been mired in technical website difficulties and suspicion by business owners that government should not be in the healthcare business. The success of the plan depends on young people to help subsidize the care of older, sicker Americans. But will they sign up now that the website launch is stumbling?
The technical glitches that have plagued the websites where people should be signing up for the Affordable Care Act are prompting congressional hearings and a lot of finger pointing. More damaging perhaps, is the political ammunition this gives critics of Obamacare. The more people talk about the problems, the less likely healthy people are to sign up for coverage. Business has been the biggest critic of the Affordable Care Act. In this report, Sheila Hamilton explains the major concerns,, and why some healthcare administrators are starting to see results that suggest the criticisms may be premature.
Among the changes Oregonians told interviewers they wanted in a new healthcare plan—access to preventative care and naturopathic care. The Oregon Health Co-op listened, crafting a plan with low premiums, access to primary care doctors and coverage for naturopathic care. It’s this kind of competition that the Obama administration hopes will drive other insurance plans to come up with more affordable, more personalized plans.