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ONA 2018 Legislative Agenda

ONA is excited to tackle a number of critical issues in the 35-day February 2018 short session. We’ll continue to monitor other policies that affect nurses and the patients we serve, but the Cabinet on Health Policy has identified the issues below as key priorities for 2018:.

The HOPE Initiative (HJR 203)

The HOPE initiative would affirm in Oregon’s Constitution health care as a right afforded to all. This initiative represents a clear declaration that Oregon will not reverse the critical progress we’ve made, even in the face of great national uncertainty around access to care.

It’s critical that nurses come together to ensure affordable access to care by recognizing that health care is right afforded to all Oregonians. Sign the pledge today to learn more and get involved!

Prescription Drug Costs (HB 4005)

ONA supports increasing price transparency for prescription drugs by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to give advanced notice and report on excessive prescription drug price increases. Enacting these standards will better equip patients and policymakers with important information about how prescription drug costs are impacting overall health care costs.

Coordinated Care Organization Reforms

ONA supports requiring all coordinated care organizations (CCOs) to reinvest some of their financial reserves back into their communities to address social determinants of health. ONA also supports opening CCOs’ organizational governance meetings to the public. These changes will help foster improved transparency within our state’s publicly-funded CCO system, which serves patients covered by the Oregon Health Plan.

WorkHealthy Oregon Programs

In 2014, The Oregon Nurses Foundation’s WorkHealthy Oregon program received funding through an Oregon Health Authority State Innovation Grant to start WorkHealthy Oregon’s Speak Up for Safety program. The Speak Up for Safety program provides critical, evidence-based education to help reduce the stigma of substance use disorders and improve nurses’ responses to concerns about a peer’s behavior or workplace performance. This funding was recently discontinued.

In 2018, ONA will work with the Legislature to address WorkHealthy Oregon’s budget gap and help ensure critical programs like Speak Up for Safety are adequately supported moving forward.

Paid Family and Medical Leave

ONA remains a continuing partner in the Paid Family and Medical Leave coalition. We’re excited to continue the dialogue about why paid family leave is necessary for the health and well-being of Oregonians and discuss policy proposals that support families through an insurance fund similar to the state’s current unemployment insurance model.

Get Involved

It’s only with the help of members that we will be able to pass these policies. To learn more, get involved in Salem, or lend your voice to any of these issues, please contact Political Organizer Catie at

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