Health insurance and Medicare

A changing health insurance landscape can be good, but we still need to know how to access health care when we need it. These local and national resources will help you find the information you need about health insurance and Medicare.

Local
Cover Oregon:
Starting in October 2013, this will be Oregon’s health insurance marketplace for individuals, families, and employers, for coverage beginning January 2014. Those needing financial assistance to pay for health coverage will also be able to access that through this site.

Oregon Healthy Kids (en español):
Oregon Health Kids provides no-cost, low-cost or full-cost health coverage options for uninsured Oregon children and teens up to 19 years of age.

Child Health Insurance Access Program:
The Multnomah Education Service district offers this no- and low-cost health insurance to Multnomah County public school students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, through Kaiser Permanente. This health insurance is also available for students who are not US citizens.

Coalition of Community Health Clinics
The Coalition of Community Health Clinics is made up of 14 private, non-profit health clinics in the Portland Metro area, which offer a wide range of health services to under- and uninsured men, women and children. In addition to conventional medicine, some clinics practice Chinese medicine, naturopathic and chiropractic care, and acupuncture.

National
Healthcare.gov (en español):
This government website answers all your insurance questions in one place, providing information on how insurance works, how to get insurance, and what rights and protections you can expect under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare.gov (en español):
Medicare.gov is the government portal to Medicare, providing explanations of benefits, costs, coverage, eligibility, and more. There’s also a section that answers any questions you might have about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.

Video Vocab: Understanding the Affordable Care Act:
Lots of people have questions about the Affordable Care Act. This set of brief videos from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helps to explain the details of the bill and how it works.

Stop Medicare Fraud (en español): 
This site details the federal government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts. It also explains how ordinary citizens can help through such groups as the Senior Medicare Patrol, which recruits seniors to educate others about how to avoid Medicare fraud and scams.

While it’s vital to have access to health care when we need it, doing what we can to keep ourselves healthy is just as important. These books offer advice for a wide variety of health goals and issues.