Oregon PSR Endorses Measure 101

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Oregon PSR has joined over 75 groups in endorsing Measure 101. This coalition includes doctors, nurses, healthcare advocates, hospitals and local businesses, and individuals. Join us in supporting health care for all Oregonians.

What is Measure 101?

Measure 101 is a referendum that will be on a special ballot on January 23, 2018.  It was brought by Representatives Julie Parrish, Cedric Hayden, and Sal Esquivel, and is a state-funding side attack on Medicaid, as well as on some support for ACA individual market premium stability.   

A Yes outcome preserves new funding by assessments passed by the Legislature in 2017, on insurers and providers, to pay for Oregon’s part of Medicaid expansion (OHP expansion) and premium stabilization in Exchange plans.

  • 95 percent of Oregonians and all children will have access to healthcare if Ballot Measure 101 passes in January.

  • Those assessments will raise between $200 million and $300 million per year through 2020.  Each Oregon dollar pulls down 9 Federal matching dollars.

 A No outcome could cost the Oregon budget as much as $5 billion per biennium and force over 300,000 Oregonians off of OHP.  

Why does Oregon PSR Support Measure 101?

Everyone ​should ​have ​access ​to ​healthcare ​that ​they ​can ​afford. ​Measure ​101 brings ​us ​closer ​to ​that ​than ​ever ​before:  we believe that healthcare ​should ​be ​a ​right, ​not ​a ​privilege.

  • Thanks ​to ​funding ​through ​Measure ​101, ​all ​children ​in ​Oregon ​will ​keep access ​to ​healthcare. ​

  • This ​law ​protects ​healthcare ​for ​350,000 ​Oregonians ​and ​reduces ​premiums for ​another ​210,000.

Communities that would be most impacted by the repeal of Measure 101 are the most disproportionately impacted by environmental toxins/degradation and climate change: low-income communities, communities of color, and children.

  • OHP expansion cuts would disproportionately affect communities of color, rural communities, lower income working people, and people with disabilities and seniors who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  

  • Success of No campaign would make Oregon less healthy and unjustly increase the burdens of ill health and financial costs of health care on marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Measure 101 ensures healthcare for all Oregon children, including undocumented children. The groups advocating for repeal, such as Oregonians for Immigration Reform, are affiliated with white supremacy and xenophobia.

Attend their kickoff event December 3rd, 2017.

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