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Tue Jul 30, 2013, 08:08 AM

Huge News~ Obamacare Will Bring Insurance To Oregon's Homeless

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When the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in January, most of Oregon’s homeless people will have health insurance. That means they’ll have access to drug and alcohol treatment, regular doctor visits and counseling.

Traci Manning, the director of the Portland Housing Bureau, says that will change things dramatically.

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“Having health insurance will prevent some people from becoming homeless in the first place,” Manning says. “Because if you don’t have insurance and you have a serious health care crisis, and perhaps are already struggling to make ends meet, you suddenly have a lot of bills, maybe you start missing a lot of rent. You run through your savings and for some people right now, that may be the cause of their homelessness.”

Manning says that fact that homeless people will have insurance could also free up money for other things. “There is the opportunity for services that are currently provided directly by the public to be paid for directly through Medicaid. Now, quite frankly we don’t know what all of those are yet. That is something that is still being determined.”

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“We’re very optimistic,” she says. “The city and county have made statements publicly about repurposing general fund dollars that will be relieved once people are covered by insurance and investing that in perhaps rent assistance, in housing vouchers and support services that aren’t covered by Medicaid.”

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much more..
http://www.opb.org/news/article/health-reform-will-bring-insurance-to-oregons-homeless/

h/t http://theobamadiary.com/2013/07/29/news-of-the-day-10/

THIS IS POSTED IN THE BOG

BOG

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Reply Huge News~ Obamacare Will Bring Insurance To Oregon's Homeless (Original post)
Cha Jul 2013 OP
rurallib Jul 2013 #1
tridim Jul 2013 #2
sheshe2 Jul 2013 #3
Cha Jul 2013 #4
sheshe2 Jul 2013 #5
Cha Jul 2013 #7
SunSeeker Jul 2013 #6
1StrongBlackMan Jul 2013 #8
Cha Jul 2013 #9
1StrongBlackMan Jul 2013 #10
Cha Jul 2013 #11
1StrongBlackMan Jul 2013 #12
Cha Jul 2013 #13
Lady Freedom Returns Jul 2013 #14
Cha Jul 2013 #15
Lady Freedom Returns Jul 2013 #16
1StrongBlackMan Jul 2013 #17
Cha Jul 2013 #18

Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 09:26 AM

1. Imagine: human beings being treated like human beings

sounds like a very American idea at the least!

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Response to rurallib (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 09:35 AM

2. I can, it's why I SMH every time I hear DU trashing Obamacare.

The ACA is about putting people first, just like the new Consumer Protection Bureau.

I think maybe some people can't process this because it's such a rare thing.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 12:26 PM

3. Thanks to you and the BOG!

Thank you for sharing this Cha. Such great news!

Obamacare is going to take us out of the dark ages. Good move Oregon for implementing all facets of ACA. My only hope is that some of the red states rise up and demand the same from their Governors!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 12:30 PM

4. Oregon is so progressive.. I just love it, she!

They are the forerunners, no doubt, on providing Obamacare for their homeless.. that will most certainly help them to be homeless no more.

OT.. I've been up all night! I'm still not sleepy. so weird.

Have a good day at work, she

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 12:50 PM

5. It is really good news Cha~

I can't believe you were up all night.

I was up late but slept so long I may be late for a 2PM shift.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 01:00 PM

7. Sleep patterns.. I wish

we could control them. And, say when we want to go to sleep and when we want to wake up. Like the midnight to 8am shift. but, noooo!

my smoke alarm went off at 4:30am and I couldn't turn it off.. but, haha.. I never went to sleep so it didn't wake me up . Okay, now I'm just getting

You can make it, she!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 12:54 PM

6. K & R

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 09:14 PM

8. I didn’t read the linked article; but …

I suspect the biggest boost to homelessness prevention is that mental healthcare is also covered. I think I read where a significant segment of the homeless population (but not all, or maybe even most) suffers with mental health issues.

Now people can get the counseling they could use AND the meds they might need.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 09:28 PM

9. I don't see where it addresses "mental health" directly.. but, that's

a good point. But, they do talk about counseling and alcohol and drug treatments. Which can also be an important step in helping mental stability..

“What it means is that people with primary addiction disorders will now have access to health care,” she says. “They’ll have access to alcohol and drug treatment programing that previously they didn’t have access to because they just didn’t have enough money for uninsured people to have treatment.”

While it’s the federal government that’s going to be picking up the tab for health insurance, Oregon’s new Coordinated Care Organizations may benefit from a healthier population. In theory, healthier people should cost the health care system less.

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Response to Cha (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 09:51 PM

10. Here ...

This is what ObamaCare does for mental health.

http://www.amhca.org/news/detail.aspx?ArticleId=615

It's all good.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 09:55 PM

11. Yay.. thank you for the link..

•Mental health and substance use disorder benefits are included as Essential Health Benefits

•Federal parity protections are applied to mental health and substance use disorder benefits in the individual and small group markets

•Mandated parity for mental health and substance use disorder benefits in the individual and small group market will expand benefits availability to 62 million more Americans

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Response to Cha (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 10:06 PM

12. Yep ...

Back in my Cleveland days, I spent a lot of time in Homeless Camps (I sponsored a cook-out the first day of Spring that the temperature hit 70 degrees). I knew many of them and they knew me.

I found that a lot of the homeless had unmet mental health/drug addiction issues.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 10:10 PM

13. Good on you!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:31 PM

14. What gets me is all the misinformation about Obamacare out there. I am right now in Missouri and...

was overhearing a conversation that was going on.

There are many here being told that they will now have to pay $60-$150 a week out of there checks or go to jail for no insurance. I have no idea where they are getting this from?

ADD) and they really believe they will go to jail if the employers don't do this. Apparently some are being told this by employers.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:49 PM

15. Dunno know, LFR.. they get a lot of disinformation from

all kinds of sources that are invested in tearing down Obamacare because it's so good for people.

There's a lot of real information on Obamacare Facts right in this Group. Sheshe has posted a lot of information. CVS drugstores across the country are going to help give people facts on how it can help them. So that will be really beneficial.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110213054

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110212098

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110212929

P.S. how long are you staying in Missouri?

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Response to Cha (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 02:15 AM

16. I'll send you a DUmail on that. N/T

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 08:13 AM

17. And along with the correct ...

information, if they seem sincerely ignorant (versus willfully so) ... ask that they re-consider their "information" source, reminding them that this isn't the first time they have been probably misinformed.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:09 PM

18. Good plan.

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