At the Oregon Center for Public Policy, we believe that all Oregon children should have access to health care services. To further that goal, the Center partnered with the Oregon Latino Health Coalition to produce the report Health Care for All Children: Oregon Thrives When All Children Have a Chance to Grow Up Healthy (PDF).
Why did the Center write the Health Care for All Children? Because all children deserve the 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 make the most of school and build better lives.
Guaranteeing that all children have health insurance would benefit all Oregonians, not just the kids getting the new insurance coverage. Research shows that increasing health insurance coverage among children leads to a decline in high school drop-out rates and to an increase in college attendance and college completion. Ultimately, those improved education outcomes translate to a more skilled workforce that can strengthen Oregon’s economy.
Read the short (5 page) report to learn about the problem: Health Care for All Children: Oregon Thrives When All Children Have a Chance to Grow Up Healthy (PDF).
This post was originally published on www.blueoregon.com on October 24, 2014. The original post can be found at http://www.blueoregon.com/2014/10/health-care-all-children/.