Fast Facts

CareOregon's foundation is the idea that health care should be available to everyone. We were founded in 1993 by a partnership of safety-net providers, including the Multnomah County Health Department, Oregon Primary Care Association and Oregon Health & Sciences University. Our health plan opened February 1994 with 9,500 members in 14 Oregon counties. In April 1997, we became an independent, nonprofit 501[c] 3 corporation.

CareOregon and our partner Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) serve more than 240,000 Oregonians (August 2015). Here are some quick highlights:

CareOregon Health Plan Members (updated: September 2016)
  • Members reside in 28 different Oregon counties
  • 80 percent of members live in the Portland metropolitan area
  • 53 percent of members are female
  • 41 percent are 19 and younger
  • 10 percent are 4 and younger
  • 32 percent do not speak English as their first language
  • 45 percent self-identify as non-Caucasian

CareOregon Health Plan Provider Network (updated: September 2016)

The impact of health reform

  • With health care reform, the number of uninsured Oregonians has dropped from 550,000 to 202,000--about 5 percent of the population.*
  • 27% of the uninsured have incomes below the Federal Poverty Level*
  • A family of four at 100 percent of the federal poverty level has yearly income of $23,850.  For a household of one, it's a yearly income of $11,670.**

*Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon Health Authority study (released September 2014)

**Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation