Letter to Editor: Ballot Measure 101
From League of Women Voters of Lincoln County
January 7, 2018
Have you returned your ballot for the January 23 election? Only one question, Ballot Measure 101, is before you. The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County strongly urges a YES vote on this important measure – in the words of the proponents’ campaign slogan, vote “YES for Healthcare.”
Your “YES” vote will allow House Bill 2391 to go into effect in its entirety as enacted by the 2017 Oregon Legislature. It upholds specified assessments on hospitals, managed care organizations, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board and health insurance companies. Interestingly, the measure is supported by the very entities who will provide the funding, because Measure 101 protects the 94% federal share of the funds for Oregon’s Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
As of 2017, this expansion resulted in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) providing coverage to 350,000 previously uninsured low-income Oregonians. Offering insurance coverage to these individuals and families benefits all of us by reducing the number of uninsured and unpaid visits to Emergency Care facilities, which drives up the overall cost of healthcare.
Oregon, along with 48 other states, has used provider assessments since 2004 to access federal matching dollars for providing healthcare. Without these assessments that are currently in place, Oregon will leave valuable federal dollars unclaimed and would take away coverage from hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Lincoln County, along with LWV of Oregon, has taken a position in support of Measure 101 because we have determined it is vital to protecting the health and pocket-books of Oregonians. Please refer to the Voters Pamphlet to see the 50-plus other organizations who join us in this support.
If you have not yet returned your ballot, the Board of Directors of LWVLC encourage you to do so promptly and to vote YES for Healthcare!
League of Women Voters of Lincoln County Board of Directors –
Jean Cowan, Newport, President
Jack Kistler, Newport, Treasurer
Joan Hafner, Yachats, Secretary
Marilyn Podesta, Depoe Bay, Director
Ruth Kistler, Newport, Director