- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new study shows 95 percent of Oregonians now have health insurance coverage, largely thanks to the state’s expansion of Medicaid to many previously ineligible low-income adults.

The study, released Thursday, was conducted by Oregon Health & Science University in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority.

It shows the number of uninsured Oregonians fell from about 550,000 in June 2013 to roughly 202,000 in June 2014.

Most of the newly insured gained coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid, which expanded by 360,000 people.

Tens of thousands also gained private, non-employer coverage via the Cover Oregon exchange.

But private insurance coverage overall decreased in the state, by less than 1 percent, due to a drop in the number of people covered by employer-sponsored group plans.

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