Oregon PSR Endorses Measure 101


Oregon PSR has joined over 160 groups in endorsing Measure 101, a coalition that includes doctors, nurses, healthcare advocates, hospitals, local businesses, and more. Join us in supporting health care for all Oregonians.

What is Measure 101?

Measure 101 is a referendum that will be up for a special ballot vote on January 23rd, 2018. 

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

  • 95 percent of Oregonians and all children will have access to healthcare if 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 the Oregon Health Plan.  

Why does Oregon PSR Support Measure 101?

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

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

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

Communities that would be most impacted by Measure 101 not passing are the most disproportionately impacted by environmental 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 eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.  

  • Failure to pass Measure 101 would make Oregonians less healthy, unjustly increasing the burdens of ill health and higher health care costs on marginalized and vulnerable communities.

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

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