Health care

Disability Rights Oregon works to advocate for necessary health care services, such as assistive technology and policy changes, including changes to the prioritized list of treatment conditions in the Oregon Health Plan.  We are also monitoring how the new community care organizations (CCOs) are working and providing services, including legally required notices.


Our latest stories about health care:


Preserving Medicaid

Preserving Medicaid    Tigard family fears for son’s future if ACA explodes (KOIN News, 03/26/2017) Local mental health services would decline if ACA repealed (Wallowa County Chieftain, 03/22/2017) Letter to Editor, Bob Joondeph: People with disabilities also lose (The Oregonian, 03/17/2017) A hidden Oregon casualty of Republican health plan: The disabled (Portland Business Journal, 03/16/2017). Subscription required to access content.

Gloria Gait Trainer-cropped

Q&A: Gloria’s story

Thousands of Oregonians with intellectual or developmental disabilities rely on in-home care services in order to live in the community.  To bring to life what these services mean for Oregonians across the state, we’re sharing people’s stories.  Les Rogers, a father who lives in Roseburg, shares his daughter Gloria’s story.  Gloria is three and a half.… Continue Reading Q&A: Gloria’s story

Aloha resident Amanda Uhrig posing in front of a flowering bush.

Why Medicaid Matters

Oregonians from across the state shared their personal stories to help others step into their shoes and see what cuts to Medicaid would mean for their lives. Read/watch their stories and share them, then take action. Continue Reading Why Medicaid Matters

Bob Joondeph’s statement on withdrawal of ACA repeal bill

Today, leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), legislation designed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shortly before a vote on the bill was scheduled. In response, Disability Rights Oregon issued this statement. Statement from Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon: “The House narrowly avoided committing… Continue Reading Bob Joondeph’s statement on withdrawal of ACA repeal bill


Q&A: Amanda’s story

Cora Uhrig’s family has been helped by Medicaid. Their daughter Amanda’s medication and health coverage is possible because of this program.  Where do you live? We live in Aloha. Can you tell us a little about Amanda? Amanda is well known in our little town of Aloha. If I go to the store, post office,… Continue Reading Q&A: Amanda’s story