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Experts say it's too early to speculate about the future of healthcare

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Since Tuesday's election, a lot of questions have been raised about the future of healthcare in the United States with Donald Trump as President, especially when it comes to the Affordable Care Act passed by President Obama.

FOX 12 spoke with leaders at the Oregon Health Authority and CareOregon about what people should expect, and essentially, they say it's too early to worry or speculate about what could happen.

Whether the ACA is left untouched, or repealed or replaced by something else, they are all very different scenarios that would have dramatically different impacts.

Even if Congress made changes in the first 100 days of Trump's presidency, by the time those changes in policies and coverage trickle down, we likely won't see any changes until 2018.

When it comes to Medicaid in Oregon, a spokesperson for CareOregon told FOX 12 they have a contract with the state to provide services through at least the end of 2017.

"I think that there's a lot of anxiety being generated by change and that happens at the end of every election cycle. This may be a little more dramatic in that the ACA has been in the news a lot, but I think the anxiety that people are feeling is just a little premature," said Martin Taylor with CareOregon.

A spokesperson for the Oregon Health Authority also says, in part:

"The Governor and state remain committed to ensuring all Oregonians have access to high-quality, affordable health care…Work has been underway since this summer on our waiver renewal. The current waiver does not expire until next summer. We will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure the success we've had in our state to transform health care can continue."

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