House Vote Protects Health Care for More Than 350,000 Oregonians

House Vote Protects Health Care for More Than 350,000 Oregonians

Package of bills funding Medicaid passes House, heads to Senate

The Oregon House of Representatives has passed a package of bills to fund the Oregon Health Authority and to protect health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Oregonians.

The Oregon Health Plan provides health care coverage to more than 1 million Oregonians who are at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. For a single household, that equals less than $16,400 a year.

That’s one million mothers, fathers, grandparents, sons, and daughters who receive health care access through this critical program. Thanks to the Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, more than 370,000 Oregonians were enrolled in health care—many of them for the first time.

HB 2391 built on Oregon’s existing hospital provider tax to create the funding to continue offering coverage to those who need it without requiring cuts to schools or other critical services. The baseline Provider tax program is an established program that has garnered bipartisan, bicameral support since 2003. House Bill 5026 is the budget bill for the Oregon Health Authority.

This package of bills maximizes federal matching funds and is the result of four months of debate and discussion in a bipartisan, bicameral workgroup. This approach has the support of major health care groups, including the Oregon Medical Association, the Hospital Association, 15 CCOs, and an overwhelming majority of insurers who do business in the state.

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