Assessing a mandatory employment-based insurance system

The Foundation's program, State Coverage Initiatives, was designed to help states plan and develop insurance market reforms, Medicaid reforms, and other significant health care financing and delivery changes.The State of Oregon is seeking to build on the gains made in expanding access to health care under the Oregon Health Plan and previous Foundation grants. Specifically, the State will use this funding to evaluate the effectiveness of coverage expansions under its 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver and through the new Family Health Insurance Assistance Program, and to assist in developing program refinements. Studies will be conducted to analyze the impact of these efforts on the overall uninsurance rate, among other topics. A primary focus will be to ensure that financial barriers to access are being eliminated. The State also will fund a report designed to offer both interim and long-term solutions to the problem of financing uncompensated care. In addition, the project will support several initiatives currently underway, including the evaluation and refinement of reforms in the small-group market and the development of a public/private health care purchasing coalition. Finally, the State will continue its data collection efforts through the completion of the 1998 Oregon Population Survey.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $705,639.00

Awarded on: 12/18/1997

Time frame: 1/1/1998 - 9/30/2000

Grant Number: 33120


State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Health Policy and Research

General Services Building
1225 Ferry Street, S.E., 1st Floor
Salem, 97310-1300


John Santa
Project Director