Uninsured rates on the rise

Census show 17 percent of Oregonians were lacking health insurance in the 2006-2008 period.

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While 12 percent of Oregonians lacked health insurance at the beginning of the decade, that figure rose to 17 percent for the 2006-2008 period.

The census showed Oregon had about 639,000 residents, or 17 percent, without health insurance based on a 3-year average between 2006 and 2008. Oregon had the nation’s 15th highest uninsured rate for that period, which marks a “significant erosion” from the start of the decade when the rate was 12 percent, said Joy Margheim, policy analyst for the Oregon Center for Public Policy…

Oregon’s uninsured numbers likely are higher because the 2009 Current Population Survey, conducted in March, includes only people who were without insurance for all of 2008 and does not reflect Oregonians who lost their insurance when they lost their jobs after the recession hit.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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