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Federal Health Care Reform/Federal High Risk Pool Information
Federal Health Reform Information

Federal High Risk Pool Information
The Oregon Health Authority recently launched the state's federally funded high-risk insurance pool, allowing people with pre-existing health conditions to purchase medical insurance. The new program will be administered alongside the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool (OMIP). The federal program provides another health insurance option for Oregonians with existing medical conditions who have been denied coverage.
 
We have added a new Web page on the Federal High Risk Pool.

Health Reform Links
  • Oregon reforms: The Oregon Health Authority was created to oversee our state's reforms and ensure they fit with federal reforms. Follow the progress at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/.
     
  • Federal government: The government regularly updates its key web page on reforms and even hosts weekly web chats open to anyone:http://www.healthcare.gov/.
     
  • CuidadodeSalud.gov: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Spanish website to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage.
     
  • Medicare: Health reform will eliminate the gap in prescription drug coverage, which forces some people on Medicare to pay the full cost of prescription drugs for part of the year. Read about this and how other reforms affect Medicare at http://www.medicarerights.org/.
     
  • IRS: This agency is the source of information for small employer tax credits that help pay for employee health insurance: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=220809,00.html?portlet=6.