Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, is threatening a ballot referendum to overturn the new funding mechanism for the Oregon Health Plan, saying she doesn’t support taxes on health insurance, although she did support an insurance tax just four years ago.
March 21, 2012—People who provide services to the developmentally disabled were willing to pay a provider tax out of their own pockets in order to receive federal matching dollars, but such a tax ended up being unnecessary.
They made the attempt after learning about a 4 percent reduction that would have been imposed in April, and had already seen a 6 percent cut in programs last October.
June 3, 2011 -- Legislators have reached a decision on increasing the hospital tax to ward off deep cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, but the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems insists the new tax will negatively impact them. Their leaders even protested to Governor Kitzhaber, but were rebuffed.
August 7, 2009 -- Two men from Grants Pass have started gathering signatures to refer the 1 percent health insurance tax to voters. They filed petitions with the Secretary of State’s office after Governor Kulongoski signed into law House Bill 2116 earlier this week.
July 23, 2009 -- Oregon's Legislature "avoided all of the hard questions" when it dealt with healthcare reform, according to Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), who spoke to a group of health reform advocates earlier in the week.
July 15, 2009 -- Employers will definitely feel the pain of an insurance tax that will help raise more than $115 billion to cover 115,000 uninsured children and low-income adults in Oregon over the next four years.
June 5, 2009 -- Oregon lawmakers face a crucial vote on Monday morning (June 8). That’s when the battle to reform Oregon’s healthcare system takes center stage.
May 28, 2009 -- Uninsured Oregonians can rejoice. Legislative leaders reached agreement on a hospital and health insurance tax to cover 140,000 Oregonians. Together their dollars will result in $2 billion in federal matching funds over the next four years and create an estimated 3,600 new healthcare jobs.