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Oregon Bill Would Provide Health Care For All Children

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks about her proposed 2017-2019 budget at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

More than 17,000 children are currently excluded from the Oregon Health Plan because of their residency status.

To address this, Gov. Kate Brown testified Monday before the House Committee on Health Care in support of a bill known as “Cover All Kids.” If passed, House Bill 2726 would extend health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan to all Oregon children, expanding legislation passed in 2012.

“It is our duty to ensure that our youngest Oregonians have the tools to grow into healthy adults with access to education, health care, and a bright future,” Brown said. “Oregon children should have the opportunity to be healthy and ready to learn, and Oregon families should feel confident that a medical event will not dramatically change the trajectory of their lives.”

Brown has included the expansion in her proposed budget, allocating $55 million in General Fund money. Brown highlighted the importance of all children having health care coverage in her inaugural address.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.