The Oregon Health Plan: Understanding Implications for People With Disabilities In the mid-1980s, it became apparent to policy makers in Oregon and throughout the United States that the rising costs of medical care, and the growing number of people unable to afford it, posed severe threats to the social and economic health of the country and the states. Health ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
The Oregon Health Plan: Understanding Implications for People With Disabilities
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  • Janna Starr
    United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Salem, OR
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
The Oregon Health Plan: Understanding Implications for People With Disabilities
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1998, Vol. 7, 7-8. doi:10.1044/aac7.2.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1998, Vol. 7, 7-8. doi:10.1044/aac7.2.7
In the mid-1980s, it became apparent to policy makers in Oregon and throughout the United States that the rising costs of medical care, and the growing number of people unable to afford it, posed severe threats to the social and economic health of the country and the states. Health care systems had been evolving piecemeal for decades, with no long-term policy objectives, creating enormous gaps in coverage and contributing to rising health care costs. Tens of millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians, were without health care coverage. They did not qualify for public assistance, were not covered by an employer, and could not afford coverage on their own.
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