May 29, 2013, (Portland) — Mike Redlin was one of about 100 people in the audience at a community meeting held in Southeast Portland by Cover Oregon. As presenters spoke, he pulled out his phone and searched for the Cover Oregon website.
"I came to this meeting because I wanted to learn what will happen after Cover Oregon begins," said Redlin, 55, of Portland.
Mike Redlin of Portland is looking forward to January 2014, when under federal health care reform no one can be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions.
Cover Oregon is a central marketplace where Oregonians and employers will be able to shop for health insurance plans beginning in October 2013. Cover Oregon will also help many individuals and families pay for their insurance.
Redlin wore blue jeans, black heavy-duty work boots and a bright red T-shirt that had "Blood Donor" written across the front. He volunteers locally for the American Red Cross helping at blood drives. He's retired now but has worked as a bookbinder and maintenance technician at a food plant.
Redlin has diabetes and hypertension. He couldn't get private health insurance because of these pre-existing health conditions. That qualified him for the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool, a state-sponsored insurance program for people with such conditions. He pays more than $700 a month for his coverage, which, he says, he is thankful to get. But he is hoping that when Cover Oregon begins, his premiums might be reduced.
He's also looking forward to January 2014, when under federal health care reform no one can be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions.
He continues to work the Cover Oregon website, putting in numbers and other information to see if he could get some help with his health insurance come October 1.
Based on his initial calculations, Redlin thinks it's possible.
"I think I could save a little at least. Plus, maybe my premiums in general will come down next year with more people being insured," he said.
To find out if you would qualify for financial assistance through Cover Oregon or to learn more: www.CoverOregon.com