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Vote YES on Measure 101 to Protect Health Care Access

In a January 23, 2018 special election ballot, Oregon voters will face a decision on whether or not to protect health care for thousands of children, adults with disabilities, seniors, and low-income families.

Referred to the ballot by a small group of health care opponents, Measure 101 asks voters to uphold the bipartisan Oregon Healthcare Protections Bill that the legislature passed in the 2017 legislative session. The bill continues funding the Oregon Health Plan for 350,000 Oregonians and lowers premiums for 210,000 more by creating a reinsurance pool which stabilizes the private insurance market.

ONA worked to pass this bill in partnership with the Hospital Association, Medical Association, insurers, Democrats, Republicans and community advocates to expand our current assessment on hospitals and create an assessment on some insurers.

Voting YES on Measure 101 means protecting health care for Oregonians who otherwise couldn’t afford care and are too often forced to go to the emergency room when they are sick.

If Measure 101 fails and the law is not upheld, health care for half-a-million of Oregon’s most vulnerable patients will be jeopardized, which would have a major impact on the work of ONA nurses and patients.

All Oregonians should be able to visit a provider and access the medicine they need when they are sick. It’s critical that we stand together to protect Oregon families by supporting Measure 101 in the Jan. 23 special election.

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