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Donations to Oregon Governor’s Race Top $6 Million

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Gov. Kate Brown has a slight lead in overall fundraising, with $3.2 million raised by the Democratic incumbent toward her re-election campaign. Her chief challenger Knute Buehler is not far behind, with $2.9 million raised.

The Oregon Medical Association and a handful of health leaders are putting their money behind Gov. Kate Brown’s top Republican challenger while she continues to collect money from biotech companies, as well as health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers.

Governor Calls for Medicaid Accountability, But Brown’s Proposal Would Actually Stay the Course

Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton said the state does have approval of the federal government for its haphazard re-enrollment process, which should be finished by the end of summer. But new deadlines from the governor merely affirm the schedule Saxton has outlined.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown issued a press release Tuesday calling for new accountability measures into the Medicaid renewal process, but everything she suggested are things that the Oregon Health Authority is already doing.

Brown Promises to Protect Oregon Health Plan from Budget Cuts

The governor promised to seek alternative revenues if Measure 97 fails while her Republican opponent would be willing to consider service cuts while keeping people insured. The Eugene debate also featured Independent candidate Cliff Thomason, who backs a sales tax that could lead to a single-payer health system as well as deal with current budget needs.

At the gubernatorial debated in Eugene on Thursday night, Gov. Kate Brown vowed to neither cut healthcare coverage nor cause eligible people to lose their Oregon Health Plan coverage, even if the Democratic-backed corporate tax increase, Measure 97, fails on Nov. 8.

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