Spring 1998
Publication:
Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Between 1989 and 1995, a series of laws was enacted in that included the establishment of state-run insurance pools, insurance reforms, and a federal waiver for Medicaid expansion. Collectively, these reforms are known as the Oregon Health Plan. In 1995, the Oregon Health Plan was awarded one of ten Innovations in American Government Awards for creatively and successfully expanding health care coverage in the state that included the establishment of state-run insurance pools, insurance reforms, and a federal waiver for Medicaid expansion. Collectively, these reforms are known as the Oregon Health Plan. In 1995, the Oregon Health Plan was awarded one of ten Innovations in American Government Awards for creatively and successfully expanding health care coverage in the state. The articles re-evaluates the OHP status as a health policy innovation and analyzes its overlooked political dynamics. It argues that the plan does indeed represent a significant innovation in American health policy, but that the nature of its innovation has been widely misinterpreted.