February 6, 2014 — Laura Webber, 47, from Hillsboro, had gone without insurance for about three years. She couldn't afford it after being laid off from her bank job as a home loan processor.
All that changed in January when Webber was enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan through Cover Oregon.
For the past year, Webber had been suffering from a bad tooth and other health issues including high blood pressure. For a while she had used a community clinic, but even with the clinic's sliding pay scale, her medical bills were adding up.
"I am so excited, I am going to the dentist today to get my tooth taken care of. And next week, I have a doctor's appointment. I am very happy to have health insurance." ~ Laura Webber
"I was totally terrified something would happen to me," Webber said. "Not having health insurance limited my activities. Friends wanted us to go skiing, but I was afraid I'd break my ankle. If I had to have major surgery or had a heart attack, it would bankrupt me. I could lose my home. I am so relieved I am now covered through the Oregon Health Plan."
Now that she has OHP coverage, Webber can rest easier. The first thing she did after verifying her enrollment through Cover Oregon was schedule dental and medical appointments.
"I am so excited," she said. "I am going to the dentist today to get my tooth taken care of. And next week, I have a doctor's appointment. I am very happy to have health insurance."
Soon after Webber got on the Oregon Health Plan, she got more good news. She got a job at an urgent care clinic, but she will still need the OHP coverage. The job is part-time and does not come with health insurance.