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November 20, 2013 12:00 AM

MEEKS: I like Oregon’s spirit

Our state could learn a few lessons from Oregon. This state decided to embrace the Affordable Care Act and expand its Medicaid program so that its residents who did not have health care coverage could receive it. The state set up its plan and began by contacting all of the folks who received food stamps. They informed them of their eligibility and sent them application forms in the mail. The response was quite good. Though there are challenges being caused by the shifting that is mandated for some of its residents who have plans that have to be replaced as well as folks who are changing from plans that are held by employers, they are focused upon getting their residents insured.

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