October 22, 2014
We believe that all Oregon children should have access to health care services. That is why we have partnered with the Oregon Latino Health Coalition in producing the report Health Care for All Children: Oregon Thrives When All Children Have a Chance to Grow Up Healthy (PDF).
The report begins:
All Oregon children deserve a chance to grow up healthy. Every child should have a chance to succeed in school and life, and staying healthy is key to that success. Seeing a doctor when needed gives children an opportunity to build better lives.
Growing up healthy is a challenge for Oregon’s undocumented children when they lack health insurance. Undocumented children, brought to Oregon by families seeking a better life for themselves, often struggle to get the care they need. Already, these children grow up under difficult economic circumstances. An additional obstacle these children face is their exclusion under the Affordable Care Act and Oregon’s own health reform efforts. But for their documentation status, these children would benefit from health reform just like all other Oregon children.
Oregon can ensure that all children have health insurance. Doing so would not only benefit the children, it would benefit all Oregonians.
Read the full report: Health Care for All Children: Oregon Thrives When All Children Have a Chance to Grow Up Healthy (PDF).
Accepting Applications for Fall Internship
Now accepting applications for an internship position for Fall 2014.
This position is open to undergraduate and graduate students. OCPP accepts applications from any academic discipline. The policy analysis internship requires strong quantitative analysis skills.
Issues in Focus
What's the Federal Poverty Level for 2014? The federal government has released the 2013 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, better known as the "federal poverty level." Oregon uses the guidelines to determine eligibility for some public assistance programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan. See the new guidelines.
Oregon's economic performance. If economic growth alone determined the well-being of a state’s inhabitants, all Oregonians would be thriving. Relative to the rest of the nation, Oregon’s economy has performed exceptionally well for over a decade. See these seven charts.
Income inequality in Oregon. The past three decades in Oregon, as elsewhere, are in large measure a story of surging income inequality. As the income of the fortunate few at the top has soared, the income of most Oregonians has stagnated or declined. If many Oregonians feel that they are struggling to keep up or falling behind, it is because they are. See these seven charts.
Visit our View of the State of Working Oregon to learn more.
Fact that Matters
In the 2013-15 budget cycle Oregon will lose an estimated $164.9 million in revenue collections as a result of single sales factor apportionment -- a tax break that benefits multi-state corporations with a significant payroll and property in Oregon. That amount represents a $35 million (27 percent) increase from the cost of single sales factor apportionment in 2011-13. Read more.