Debate Set for Ballot Measure on Healthcare Assessment

Oregon Health Forum holds a debate on Ballot Measure 101 on Dec. 13, bringing together the proponents and opponents.

Oregon voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether to overturn $320 million in healthcare assessments intended to balance the state’s Medicaid budget.That vote takes place just two weeks prior to legislators convening in Salem again.

A Yes vote keeps the assessment on hospitals and health insurance in place while a No vote would repealed it. The issue became contentious during the last legislative session, with Republicans gathering enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot. 

In preparation for this vote, Oregon Health Forum is bringing together panelists on Dec. 13 to discuss the ramifications of repealing vs. upholding this tax.

The event, which is being held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, gets underway with a buffet breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by an interactive panel discussion from 7:30-9 a.m,, and audience questions. Parking is free at the MAC, which is located at 1849 SW Salmon. .

Speaking on behalf of repealing this tax:

  • State Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg, and
  • State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn/Tualatin
  • Speaking in favor of the funding package:
  • Jessica Adamson, Director of Government Relations, Oregon Providence Health & Services, and
  • Felisa Hagins, Member, Oregon Health Policy Board and Political Director of SEIU Local 49.

Our moderator will be John Schrag, Executive Editor of the Pamplin Media Group.

Organizations interested in co-sponsoring this event should contact Diane Lund-Muzikant at diane@oregonhealthforum.org.

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