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Vote YES on Measure 101 to Protect Health Care Access

Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Measure 101

Thanks to your work, Oregonians overwhelmingly voted to pass Measure 101 and protect health care access for thousands of people in Tuesday’s special election. Throughout this campaign, nurses and ONA staff volunteered and turned out in record numbers, helping ensure thousands of families, children and seniors remain covered through the Oregon Health Plan.

Measure 101 passed with more than 61 percent of the vote, winning in 17 counties. This was truly a statewide victory that gave a clear mandate: Oregonians believe that everyone deserves access to affordable health care.

ONA is excited to continue this work in our State Legislature this February with the HOPE Initiative, which will recognize health care as a human right and make comprehensive care more accessible and affordable for all Oregonians.

Thank you to all of the ONA members who volunteered, talked with your friends and neighbors, and dedicated your time to make sure Measure 101 passed. Your support made this victory possible for thousands of Oregonians!

Measure 101 Background

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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