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Health insurance -- Oregon, Medically uninsured persons -- Oregon, Health insurance -- Economic aspects -- Oregon
Data released in August 2012 from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program show that Oregon continues to have one of highest rates of uninsured residents in the U.S. According to Census estimates, 639,710 or 19.7 percent of Oregonians under age 65 were without health insurance coverage in 2010. For the under-65 population, Oregon’s uninsured rate ranks as the 15th highest rate in the country.
Compared to 2009, the 2010 data show no statistically significant change in the overall uninsured rate for Oregon. Similarly, there were no statistically significant changes for Oregon between 2009 and 2010 by race/ethnicity or by income (Table 1). The highest rate of uninsured continue to be observed for Hispanic persons at 34.3 percent ( /- 1.3 percent) and for Oregonians earning 138% of the poverty level or less (34.7 percent [ /- 1.0 percent]).
Byerly, Jack and Jason R. Jurjevich. 2012. “Oregon’s Health Insurance Coverage Holds Steady, but the State’s Uninsured Rate Remains High.” Metropolitan Knowledge Network (MKN). November