Oregon to expand state health coverage

Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 06/08/2009

The Oregon House has approved a plan to expand state health coverage to an additional 80,000 uninsured children and 35,000 low-income adults.
     The measure calls for raising taxes on hospital revenues and establishing a tax on health insurance premiums to pay for the expansion.
     Democratic lawmakers and Governor Ted Kulongoski said the measure provides a way to expand health coverage at a time when the economy is struggling.
     Republicans opposed the bill, saying the taxes will raise health care costs for businesses, and make it tougher for some to provide health benefits for their workers.
The measure is now headed to the Senate.
In Portland, health care advocates rallied Friday for health care reform at a national level.


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