- Published: March 23, 2017
Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute has created state fact sheets detailing health insurance coverage for children with Medicaid, CHIP, and the ACA. Below is the Oregon snapshot.
- Published: March 21, 2017
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Thursday, March 23, 2017 to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA). AHCA will lead to 14 million Americans losing their health care next year and another 10 million people will lose their health care coverage by 2026.
Rural communities in Oregon will be hardest hit by the proposed Affordable Care Act repeal. A larger share of residents in rural Oregon rely on subsidized health coverage for medical and dental care. Currently, 67 percent of current federal funding received by Oregon is from Medicaid. This equates to $11.2 billion in our current two-year state budget cycle, a sum larger than the size of Oregon’s agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries combined.
Representative Greg Walden (R) who represents most of rural Oregon is opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
Contact Representative Walden to let him know you want to save the ACA. Here’s how:
- Deliver postcards to Representative Walden’s district office in Medford by Thursday, March 23 at 9:00 a.m. 14 N. Central Ave., Suite 112, Medford, OR 97501
- Call Representative Walden’s Offices in Oregon and Washington, D.C.
Bend: (541) 389-4408; Fax: (541) 389-4452
La Grande: (541) 624-2400
Medford: (541) 776-4646; Fax: (541) 779-0204
Washington, D.C.: (202) 225-6730; Fax: (202) 225-5774
- Send Representative Walden a Tweet: @repgregwalden
These sample Tweets can be used to raise awareness about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and what Oregonians will lose if the ACA is repealed.
Please use hashtags #Oregon4ACA and #SaveACA for your Tweets. You can post a Tweet or direct your Tweets to Rep. Greg Walden @repgregwalden, or Speaker Paul Ryan @SpeakerRyan. Some Tweets may need to be shortened to fit the 140-character limit if sent to either representative.
ACA and Children
98 percent of kids and 95 percent of all #Oregonians have health care coverage thanks to the #ACA
406,000 children in #Oregon rely on Medicaid and Healthy Kids (CHIP) for healthcare.
55 percent of children under 18 in Rep. Walden’s district are covered by Medicaid.
Because of #ACA kids with asthma, cancer, or disabilities can’t be excluded from coverage due to pre-existing condition.
Every child has a right to healthcare.
Universal access is not the same as universal coverage. #ACA #SaveACA
Without #ACA, millions of children and their families will lose access to affordable medical and dental care.
Thanks to #ACA, insurance companies can’t impose lifetime benefit limits for children who have special health care needs.
ACA and Oregon
Under the #ACA and #Medicaid expansion, Oregon’s uninsured rate dropped from 17 percent to 5 percent.
More than 155,000 #Oregonians have signed up for health insurance through the Marketplace as of Jan. 31, 2017.
More than 106,000 #Oregonians have qualified for tax credits that make health premiums more affordable.
Under #ACA, #Oregon extended Oregon Health Plan coverage to approximately 400,000 Oregonians who lacked health insurance
Today, OHP covers more than 1 in 4 Oregonians, including 4 in 10 residents in some rural parts of the state.
#ACA has allowed the state to expand coverage to low-income Oregonians into a higher quality system that contains costs.
The nonprofit Economic Policy Institute estimates #Oregon would lose a total of 42,000 jobs if the #ACA is repealed.
55 percent of children under 18, and 29 percent of all residents in Rep. Walden’s district are covered by Medicaid.
The #ACA cut the rate of uninsured people in Rep. Walden’s district by more than 50 percent.
Most of the Tweets come from these source documents:
Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the impacts of replacing the landmark law with the American Health Care Act.
- Published: January 25, 2017
You're invited to an exclusive event featuring Ruby Takanishi from New America. We'll discuss her new book, First Things First! Creating the New American Primary School, and talk with Early Works innovators from Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland.
- Published: January 13, 2017
Early Works at Earl Boyles is featured in the U.S. Department of Education’s newly released descriptive study on P-3 implementation, “Case Studies of Schools Implementing Elementary Strategies: Preschool Through Third Grade Alignment and Differentiated Instruction.” The study highlights five early learning programs across the country focused on building fundamental school readiness skills (vocabulary, oral language development, and socio-emotional development) and sustaining those skills into the early grades.
The study identifies common approaches to alignment, concerns about the financial sustainability of intensive P-3 programs over time, and the benefits of professional learning communities (PLC) and parent engagement in enhancing the learning experiences of young children.
Early Works at Earl Boyles findings include the importance of parent engagement and teacher support. “School and district staff at Earl Boyles reported an increase in parental involvement since the implementation of their P–3 efforts. Staff reported that, as families have become more involved, students have been more successful academically."
Read the full report
- Published: December 12, 2016
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2016
A coalition of parents, early childhood advocates, and elected officials will testify today at the House Education Committee on protecting Oregon’s vital voluntary home visiting program. High-quality home visiting helps foster safe and supportive home environments for Oregon’s most vulnerable children. Currently, less than 20 percent of eligible families have access to voluntary home visiting services.
Research shows that high-quality, evidence-based home visiting programs work. Children whose families participate in voluntary home visiting experience better health outcomes, are less likely to suffer abuse or neglect, and are more prepared for kindergarten. Home visiting services also improve family stability by connecting parents to critical employment, education, housing, and other supports. “We broke the cycle. We’re not raising our kids the way we or our parents were raised. And a big part of that has been having a home visitor come to our house every week,” said parent Willy Johnson of Hillsboro.
The cost of not investing wisely in young children is continued abysmal graduation rates, rising costs for K-12 education and social services, and the squandered potential of thousands of Oregon’s children. Low-income children in rural and urban settings and children of color are least likely to get the early learning and developmental support all children need. That’s why strategic proven investments in early childhood development are crucial.
“We strongly encourage state legislators to protect and increase wise investments in early childhood education and healthy development,” said Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau. Oregon’s most vulnerable children benefit from high-quality early childhood programs and services. We call on state lawmakers to continue to prioritize these proven, cost-effective, and high impact investments.
Children’s Institute is one of Oregon’s leading voices for increased public investment in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development, the most effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children.
Children First for Oregon works to improve the lives of Oregon’s children by galvanizing public support and informing decision makers about what kids need to thrive. Children First has been Oregon’s voice for kids for 25 years.
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national nonpartisan anti-crime organization made up of over 140 Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors, Attorney Generals, crime survivors and other law enforcement leaders in Oregon and over 5,000 nationally, who promote greater investments in programs proven to direct kids to a better path in life, leading them away from crime towards success.