House Bill 2391 would increase the cost of health care for many Oregonians. It includes a 0.7 percent tax on hospitals. That may be passed on to patients. But the bill includes a new 1.5 percent insurance premium tax.
That would raise the cost of health insurance on school districts, local governments, small businesses and people who buy insurance in the health insurance marketplace.
The second bill, House Bill 3398, takes $50 million that the state has collected in a program to help control costs for insurance companies and returns it to insurance companies.