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Sen. Wyden Applauds Coming Changes In Health Care Access

About 120 people attended a town hall in Portland Monday, to learn more about the upcoming changes in health care.

Some people asked about enrolling in Cover Oregon — the state’s new health exchange.  Others had questions about the tax credits available to those who do enroll and about eligibility.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden used the opportunity to express his support for the new federal health care law.

“This fall, officially, health care in Oregon and across the country is no longer just for the healthy and the wealthy,” Wyden said.

Oregon and 23 other states have decided to expand their Medicaid programs to offer more people health insurance. 21 states — largely Republican-controlled — are not moving forward at this time, citing cost concerns.

Six states are still debating whether to join the new health care program.

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