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Report: 23 Percent Of Uninsured Oregonians Will Qualify For Tax Credits

OPB | Jan. 7, 2014 11:53 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 8, 2014 8:56 a.m. | Portland

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A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that only 23 percent of uninsured Oregonians will qualify for tax credits to buy private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The foundation crunched numbers for every state to see how the health care overhaul might roll out.

It found that of Oregon’s uninsured, 46 percent will qualify for Medicaid. But that only 23 percent will qualify for tax credits to help them buy private insurance.

Lead researcher Rachel Garfield says that’s because to qualify people have to have income above $33,000 a year for a family of four,  but below $94,000, “So there’s a share of people who are either above that income range or below that income range, who may be eligible for other types of assistance, but not a subsidy,” she said.

That assistance might include Medicaid.

People who are insured at work can’t reject that plan and then look for a subsidy by shopping for insurance on Oregon’s health exchange.

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