VOTE on Jan. 23 – YES on Measure 101!Joe Wilson2018-01-08T14:58:23+00:00
Medford, Ore. — Addictions Recovery Center has joined more than 100 groups in Oregon endorsing Measure 101 in the January 23, 2018 Special Election.
What is Measure 101? Measure 101 is a fee on hospitals and insurance companies that funds Medicaid, which provides healthcare coverage to 1 in 4 Oregonians. The money from 101:
– Ensures every child in Oregon has access to healthcare
– Protects healthcare for working families, seniors and people with disabilities
– Stabilizes healthcare costs and insurance premiums for people who buy their own insurance
How does Measure 101 work?
Measure 101 provides direct funding for Medicaid in Oregon and also leverages essential federal healthcare dollars. Without Measure 101, Oregon would lose up to $5 billion in federal funds and hundreds of thousands of Oregonians could lose their healthcare coverage.
If Measure 101 passes in the January Special Election, what happens? We’ll take an important step toward making basic healthcare affordable and accessible to every Oregonian. There will be no reductions to healthcare coverage or benefits for one in four Oregonians who count on Medicaid. We’ll have the funding necessary to ensure every child in Oregon has a doctor and receives the care they need to stay healthy. And Measure 101 stabilizes healthcare costs by lowering premiums for Oregonians who buy their own insurance an average of $300 a year. If the measure does not pass, what happens? Funding for Medicaid will be cut by between $210 and $320 million, resulting in the loss of potentially $5 billion in federal funding. Oregon families who rely on Medicaid – including 400,000 children, seniors and people with disabilities – face the prospect of losing healthcare benefits or coverage altogether.
Some people say this is a tax on healthcare and that my premiums will increase. Is that true? Ballot Measure 101 helps stabilize health insurance rates for all of us by providing people with lower cost preventative care, rather than forcing people to get their healthcare in the emergency room where the costs are paid for by all of our insurance premiums. Measure 101 is clear: premiums cannot increase more than 1.5% as a result of the assessment on insurance companies. Ballot Measure 101 also lowers premiums for Oregonians who purchase their insurance by up to $300 per year.
How does Measure 101 impact rural Oregonians? In some rural counties, more than a third of families rely on Medicaid. Without Measure 101, Medicaid funding would be slashed, impacting the health families and local economies. What’s more, in early 2017, 20 rural Oregon counties were at risk of losing coverage options on the individual insurance market. Thanks to Measure 101 funding that’s dedicated to stabilizing insurance premiums, every Oregon county now has at least one available insurance option.
How many other states use provider assessments to fund healthcare? These kinds of provider assessments are used in 49 states to access federal support for healthcare and are a federally approved and essential path to providing healthcare coverage to the most vulnerable populations.
What’s the official ballot title for Measure 101? Official Ballot Title: Approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, and other providers of insurance or health care coverage. Insurers may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of these assessments.
Result of “Yes” Vote: “Yes” vote approves temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board, and managed care organizations. Assessments provide funding for health care for low-income individuals and families, and individuals with disabilities; also stabilize premiums charged by insurance companies for health insurance purchased by individuals and families. Insurance companies may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of the assessments. Hospital assessments may not begin without approval by a federal agency.
Result of “No” Vote: “No” vote rejects temporary assessments on insurance companies, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board, and managed care organizations; and either rejects or delays temporary assessments on some hospitals. Assessments rejected (or delayed) by a “no” vote are currently budgeted to fund health care for low-income individuals and families and individuals with disabilities and for stabilizing the costs of insurance premiums. As a result, a “no” vote would underfund these budgeted costs.