On December 21, 2022, United States of Care (USofCare) submitted public comments in support of Oregon’s Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver amendment application that will temporarily extend Medicaid eligibility in the state as a first step for the implementation of Oregon’s innovative “Bridge Plan.” The Bridge Plan will ultimately provide affordable, comprehensive coverage to Oregonians with incomes from 138-200% of the federal poverty level.
Earlier this year, the Oregon legislature passed HB 4035, which authorized the development of a Bridge Plan to support continuity of coverage for people with incomes just above the Medicaid eligibility threshold once the state begins the Medicaid coverage redetermination. Oregon’s Section 1115 waiver amendment will ensure that people eligible for the Bridge Plan will not lose Medicaid coverage until the Bridge Plan is set up and act as a “Bridge” to this coverage option.
USofCare looks forward to working with states and CMS to support innovative state solutions – like Oregon’s – that ensure continued access to affordable, comprehensive coverage for people who are low-income. We also remain committed to advocating for future coverage expansion options to help even more people afford health care in the future.