Hospital Provider Tax Called Into Question

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What happened to a $2.8 million withhold account held by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems in 2007?
February 17, 2011 -- A provider tax imposed on hospitals has helped keep the Oregon Health Plan afloat since July 2004. 
Their dollars -- $386 million – have been matched with federal funds -- $852 million – representing $1.2 billion over the past six years.

Legislators, Health Advocates Call for Tobacco Tax Hikes

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At the same time, tobacco proponents want to make it easier to get cigarettes by expanding the definition of a smoke shop

February 8, 2011--Anti-tobacco advocates have an ambitious agenda, and are backing a bevy of bills slated to appear before the Oregon Legislature in the coming weeks. But to succeed, they’ll have to overcome public perception, healthcare priority shifts and an extremely well-funded opposition.

Regence Gave $70,000 to Defeat Ballot Measures 66 and 67

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In doing so, Regence became the only health insurer in Oregon that contributed to the 'no' campaign
January 28, 2010 -- The victory celebrated by proponents of Ballot Measures 66 and 67, which will raise taxes on corporations and wealthy Oregonians, no doubt left one health insurer booing from the sidelines.

Healthcare Groups Among Donors to 'Yes' on 66, 67

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SEIU, CareOregon and Oregon Health Care Association top the list

January 6, 2010 -- The majority of the $3.5 million raised to support ballot measures 66 and 67 has come from public employee unions that represent over 130,000 Oregon workers. However, the healthcare community has also weighed in, according to data filed with the Oregon Elections Division reported by Common Cause.

Regence Tells Brokers to Oppose Premium Tax in Health Reform Bill

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The $6.7 billion tax to cover the uninsured will supposedly be passed onto consumers

December 18, 2009 -- In an email to brokers and agents, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon tells them to urge their elected representatives to vote against the healthcare reform bill in Congress because it's estimated to raise premiums on those who have insurance.

Similar to the provider tax imposed by Oreogn legisators, the health reform bill in the Senate imposes a $6.7 billion health insurance premium tax to pay for expanding coverage for the uninsured. And as they did in Oregon, insurers nationally are expected to pass that tax onto ratepayers.

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