A new plan to expand access to healthcare to cover 60,000 uninsured adults and 80,000 children in Oregon has been announced by the US state’s legislative and healthcare leaders.

The healthcare expansion plan will bring about $2bn of federal funds into the state over the next four years and will create approximately 3,600 new healthcare jobs.

The proposal involves an increased hospital tax and a 1% tax on commercial insurance premiums for providing the funds.

The hospital tax will fund about 50,000 adults between 2009 and 2011 as part of the Oregon Health Plan, which will increase to 60,000 between 2011 and 2013.

The insurers’ tax will cover healthcare treatment funding for additional 80,000 children by the end of the 2009–2011 period.

The new state funds also allow Oregon residents to get additional federal funds for healthcare coverage.