Since Healthy Kids expansion in July 2009, Healthy Kids has enrolled thousands more children and continues to enroll children across the state. The goal is ensure that at least 95 percent of Oregon children have access to health coverage their families can afford.
Expanding health coverage for children is an important step to lowering the price of health care for everyone. Children without health coverage are far more likely to go without regular, preventative care and end up getting expensive treatment in an emergency room instead. Providing health benefits to children is inexpensive compared to the cost of letting them remain uninsured, and creates economic benefit over a lifetime.