ALOHA, Ore. (AP) — The Affordable Care Act may not be affordable to everyone.
Experts say thousands of low-income people in Oregon and nationwide remain uninsured, stuck in a low-income coverage gap. They earn just over the limit to qualify for Medicaid, but are too poor to afford even the lowest premiums available under the new federal health care law.
The Oregon Center for Public Policy says at least 56,000 low-income Oregonians who fall just above the Medicaid eligibility limit will remain uninsured by 2019.
Portland-based nonprofit Project Access NOW has started a project to help such individuals pay premiums for a silver plan on the exchange.
Oregon will also study a provision in the law allowing states to establish a coverage program with higher subsidies for low-income people who don’t qualify for Medicaid.
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