Tag Archives: Health Care

Health care tax passes Oregon Legislature, heads to governor

A $670 million health care tax package has passed the Oregon Legislature and now heads to Gov. Kate Brown, providing enough funds over the next two years to prevent Medicaid recipients from losing health care and avoid closing a newly-built psychiatric hospital with hundreds of patients and workers. House Bill 2391 received final approval Wednesday […]
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Governors Wary of Medicaid Cost Shift in Senate Health Bill

Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years. The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted earlier by the […]
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Legislature passes healthcare tax package

The Oregon Senate has passed a package of taxes to keep the Oregon Health Plan alive. It increases net revenue taxes on some urban hospitals, creates a tax for rural hospitals, and imposes a 1.5 percent tax on health insurance policies. Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli was one of three Republicans voting for the measure. […]
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Legislature OKs tax on health providers

Health bill goes to governor. Three Senate Republicans joined Democrats to approve a $673 million health provider tax that will sustain the Oregon Health Plan for two more years. The vote on House Bill 2391 was 20-10. The bill now goes to Gov. Kate Brown, who is expected to sign it into law. Source: Legislature […]
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Oregon needs transparency in drug pricing | Guest opinion

As a student nurse about to enter the workforce, I am concerned about how rising drug prices increase costs across the healthcare system and for every Oregonian. The pharmaceutical industry is playing a game that has no rules and patients are losing. Prescription drug prices are growing faster than any other health care sector. That’s […]
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Editorial: Republicans should force a different Medicaid solution

If you think you are paying enough for health care, you’ll love a pair of bills in the Legislature that likely would raise the cost. 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 […]
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Legislature has chance to make key budget fixes | Opinion |

As the Legislature approaches the end of its 2017 session, the Oregon House soon will vote on a proposed $8.2 billion budget for kindergarten through 12th grade education. With this level of funding, school districts won’t be able to regain the ground they’ve lost over several decades of budget cuts, and some districts will face […]
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Single GOP ‘yes’ wins tax vote

Medford Republican is key to health provider tax. In a preview of what is likely a month-long political slam-dance, the House narrowly passed the first of a string of contentious tax bills Thursday by a single vote. Source: Single GOP ‘yes’ wins tax vote; Medford Republican is key to health provider tax

College students, K-12 schools shouldn’t bear burden of Medicaid tax: Editorial

It makes sense that legislators would turn to the state’s largest hospitals, which have prospered under Oregon’s expansion of Medicaid, to front some of the $500 million needed to sustain the health-care program for low-income Oregonians. Source: College students, K-12 schools shouldn’t bear burden of Medicaid tax: Editorial | OregonLive.com

Oregon House passes $550 million tax bill to fund Medicaid

Lawmakers narrowly passed the package of health care taxes Thursday evening, with one Republican joining Democrats to vote for it. The bill heads next to the Senate. Source: Oregon House passes $550 million tax bill to fund Medicaid | OregonLive.com