Healthcare Advocates Commit to Helping Oregon's Uninsured Latino Families
Included in the issues discussed was potential legislation and administrative remedies that would:
- Expand access for all uninsured Latino children to the Healthy Kids Program for the first time in Oregon;
- Maintain the state funding for safety net and community clinics that allow uninsured Latino families to gain health care access
- Increase state funding for safety net and community clinics, amplifying their ability to serve more uninsured Latino families across Oregon.
|State Rep. Mitch Greenlick|
Representative Mitch Greenlick, the chair of the Health Care Committee, said it is shameful that undocumented immigrant children weren't covered under Healthy Kids. Greenlick said the reason is due to a "level of racism in our society". Greenlick went on to say that "we need to turn the hearts of the people in this state" and that he would keep working on it as long as he "has a breath in his body".
Healthy Kids is an Oregon program that provides free or low-cost health care coverage for Oregon children who don't have health insurance.
|James Mason, PhD|
CAUSA and the Oregon Latino Health Coalition will continue to work towards building alliances and securing commitments in preparation for the 2011 Oregon State Legislative Session. For more information on how you can help in this effort, please contact Norma Sanchez at 971-218-2684
To see the entire video of the assembly in it's entirety, please link here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/9777035