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9,000 People Can't Find A Doctor In Lane County

OPB | Feb. 27, 2014 11:12 a.m. | Updated: March 27, 2014 9:44 a.m. | Portland

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Tens of thousands of Oregonians who didn’t have health insurance last year now do — as result of the Affordable Care Act.

Lane County is having problems dealing with the influx.

Over the last two months, an extra 20,000 people from the Eugene area have been able to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan.

Acting director of the Lane County Health Department, Karen Gaffney, says it’s great they now have insurance, but about 9,000 can’t find a primary care provider.

“Overall it’s a wonderful thing in our community absolutely, and we do feel a pressure to be able then to shift our systems to be able to provide the physicians to those people,” said Gaffney.

The local provider, Trillium Health, has a plan to cover the extra people.

It’s paying doctors more to take extra patients: a new clinic is in the works; and consultants are being brought on.

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