Health coverage for the masses remains an unfulfilled quest, despite the millions who have affordable insurance for the first time. A close look at how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has affected Oregon's populace underscores that many remain outside the insurance network.

Research by the Oregon Center for Public Policy found that slightly more than 90 percent of the state's residents had health insurance in 2014, up from 85 percent in 2013.

Still, 381,000 adult Oregonians remain uninsured despite the promise of cheap or free coverage. Young people in particular are not signing up for Obamacare insurance, and many working poor residents also lack coverage.

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