Rep. Michael Dembrow

Dembrow’s Healthcare Study Imperiled by Lack of Private Funds

With less than a year before results are needed to inform the 2015 Legislature, an academic study to analyze the best means of providing universal healthcare to Oregonians has not begun and fundraisers are far short of their goal of $200,000 to $600,000 in private donations.

The universal healthcare study that the Oregon Legislature authorized in 2013 has run into roadblocks to funding, and if money for the study is not raised soon, a comprehensive analysis may be impossible before the 2015 session.

Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, told The Lund Report after a town hall meeting Monday that the study would need nine months to complete. With the next session just 11 months away, researchers would need to begin in May but fundraisers are nowhere close to their goal of $200,000 to $600,000.

Dembrow, Thompson Discuss Cover Oregon Rollout, Single Payer

The Lund Report
Dembrow says even if the legislature passes a single-payer bill, it's likely to be referred to voters

Five speakers – including state legislators from both sides of the aisle, as well as political advocates and representatives from the insurance industry – gathered in the banquet room at Kells Irish Pub Tuesday night to talk about what lies ahead for healthcare reform in Oregon.

House Passes Bill to Study Universal Healthcare in Oregon

The Lund Report
Rep. Michael Dembrow attracted the support of five Republicans to solicit private donations to fund a rigorous academic study on how best to bring true universal healthcare to Oregon.

 

July 1, 2013 — The House passed a universal healthcare study bill 37-23, clearing the way for private money to fund a comprehensive study into what advocates consider the most equitable and cost-effective means of financing healthcare for all Oregonians.

Dembrow Pitches Oregon Universal Healthcare Study

The Lund Report
Funding for the study to provide healthcare financing for all Oregonians would come from private sources, and the study would consider several options, including single-payer, a public option and hybrid model to provide care from cradle-to-grave. A Pennsylvania study found a state single-payer government health insurance system would cut healthcare costs 15 percent

April 12, 2013 — The Affordable Care Act will roll out next year, and Oregon has instituted its own pioneering healthcare delivery reforms through coordinated care organizati

Opening Day Crowd Shows Growing Support for Single-Payer

The Lund Report
A house bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, is not expected to pass, but advocates claim momentum

February 5, 2013 -- Nearly a thousand people swarmed the front of the Oregon Capitol Building for the opening session Monday, demanding that Oregon become the second state to enact single-payer healthcare legislation, which would set up a government financing system to pay for and provide health

Dembrow Intends to Keep Single Payer Movement Alive Next Session

The Lund Report
The Portland legislator is convinced that a single payer health system is the most affordable and comprehensive option

October 18, 2012 -- Despite the emphasis on healthcare transformation, evident by the $1.9 billion in federal funds that Governor John Kitzhaber garnered to implement coordinated care organizations, the single payer movement isn’t dead in Oregon.

Its champion, Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) plans to re-introduce the same legislation again next February. In 2011, it received a hearing in the House but stalled there (House Bill 3510).

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