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The Trump Administration has shortened the time period of health insurance 2018 enrollment from NOW until 12/15, plus they have drastically reduced the resources to advertise open enrollment. If you have your health insurance via the Marketplace Exchange–check out next year’s plans to save money. If you do not have health insurance–check out the plans available and potential subsidies. If you are none of the above, but know people who are — TELL THEM!
Lots more information, including historical impacts of the ACA in Josephine County are here.
October 5, 2017 proponents of the veto referendum submitted enough valid signatures, over 59,789, to have this measure on the Ballot.
Ballot Summary: This measure asks voters to approve or reject five parts of HB 2391 enacted by the 2017 Oregon Legislature to address certain health care funding issues. The funding is for low-income adults, children, families and individuals with disabilities.
It will stabilize premiums charged by insurance companies for health insurance purchased by individuals and families. HB 2391 provides the funding through a 1.5 percent assessment on premiums of health insurance companies, Public Employee’s Benefit Board and managed care organizations for a two year period, and an additional 0.7 percent assessment on the net revenue of some hospitals over approximately 2 years.
This measure asks voters to approve or reject the majority of these assessments.
A YES vote provides funds that are currently budgeted to pay for health care for low income individual. It specifies that insurance companies may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of the assessment.
A NO vote underfunds budgeted costs for providing health care to low-income individuals and families and individuals with disabilities and for stabilizing premiums charged by insurance companies, Public Employees Benefit Board and managed care organizations.
The proponents of the veto referendum ignore the resulting serious impacts if funding is withdrawn. Potentially a No vote will remove 375,000 adults from the Oregon Health Plan, reduce benefits for one million Oregonians, reduce health care jobs and reimbursements to providers and make private insurance more expensive.
The health care insurance companies, managed care organizations, and hospitals are in favor of this assessment.
Perhaps a reminder to call Rep. Walden s office: 541-776-4646. Ask him to re-fund the Children s Health Plan (CHiP). 8.9 million children will be kicked off health care unless it is continued. It has helped lots of children get health care for the past several years. Funding ended Sept. 30. It needs to be funded.
And while you are on the phone with him/his office — Tell him to assure that insurance subsidies for the ACA are paid.
Let’s see, that’s 8.9 million children plus a minimum 2.5 million ACA tax credit recipients who will not be able to afford health care. Can our Congress do something for middle to low income folks??
Far-right extremists are attempting to get enough signatures for a ballot measure, that if passed, would roll back Oregon healthcare gains. Please refuse to sign their petitions. It might not hurt to tell them they are going against Oregon values as well. Read about it here: http://ouroregon.org/far-right-timber-baron-bankrolling-healthcare-rollbacks/
Are you in favor of promoting Clean Energy Jobs? Your JoCo Democratic Committee joined Jackson County on a resolution endorsing the Clean Energy Jobs Bill — SB1070. Read more in the download.
Download a list of comments that will often be made by hard conservative along with a reply. It is important to note that there should be some level of agreement with the conservative regarding their comment in order to open them to a different way of looking at things.
The hurricane in Texas and Louisiana has created an immense need and call for donations from around the world to help. Closer to home, the Chetco Bar fire, which has not attracted much national attention, continues to threaten homes and livelihoods closer to home.
Several fires in Southern Oregon and Northwest California have displaced people and caused a hit to the economy of Brookings and Gold Beach. The Chetco Bar is no longer a threat to the city of Brookings, but it, and fires near Gasquet and Happy Camp are contributing to unhealthy air quality all over the region, causing a loss in tourist business on the coast. The Food Bank in Brookings reports it has plenty of food, but the Tolowa dee-ne Nation, which owns the Ship Ashore Resort, says money and volunteers are needed there as they are housing about 50 victims displaced by the Chetco Bar fire.
Call 707-487-3181 or go to:
to help the Ship Ashore Resort efforts.
The Humboldt Area Foundation at:
is also taking donations for fire victims.
Donations to help shelters dealing with displaced pets and livestock can go here:
We have decided to postpone our fundraiser that was to be held at Wooldridge Winery on Saturday, September 9. We are planning to have the fundraiser in April. With the close proximity to the primary at that time, it would be nice to have a candidates’ forum at the fundraiser for those persons who are running for Walden’s seat.
At our next Central Committee meeting on September 12 we will be having elections to fill a number of positions that are still open. Those positions are:
State Central Committee alternate delegate
Congressional District 2 delegate (two positions open)
Congressional District 2 alternate delegate (two positions open)
Congressional District 4 delegate
Congressional District 4 alternate delegate
The rest of the meeting we will be breaking into work groups to strategize on how to approach the upcoming election season.
Our Membership/PCP chair and past party chair John Rickert has developed a tool to reveal Greg Walden’s record and tools to help you become involved. Check it out: https://josephinedemocrats.org/un-elect-greg-walden/
A bipartisan effort by the state legislature just saved Medicaid in Oregon. Three legislators want to undo that.
While President Trump and the Congressional leadership have been laboring to slash Medicaid and defund Planned Parenthood, Oregon’s leaders have stepped up.
The Oregon state legislature last month managed to rescue Medicaid in Oregon by passing the Health Care Provider Tax (HB 2391), which raises $670 million in revenue over two years, and pulls in $1.9 billion in matching federal funds. It passed both state houses with bipartisan support, to ensure that some 370,000 Oregonians retain coverage through the coming two-year budget cycle. The measure also lowers health care premiums for some 200,000 Oregonians.
But now, three state legislators — Rep. Julie Parrish, R-Tualatin/West Linn; Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg; and Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford — are pushing a reckless and cruel referendum to undo HB 2391, reopen a gaping hole in the state budget, and jeopardize health care protections for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.
And they can do a lot of damage even before Referendum 301 (dubbed the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” referendum) comes to a vote.
Don’t sign the petition!
The “Stop Healthcare Taxes” referendum is reckless, irresponsible, and cruel.
If the sponsors of the “Stop Healthcare Taxes” petition (Referendum 301) manage to gather the necessary 59,000 signatures before October 5 , the Health Care Provider Tax bill would be immediately placed on hold until voters decide its fate, potentially with a special election on January 23.
Oregonians want peace of mind, not endless political games.
Stop Playing Politics with Our Health Care!
More Information and Actions to take here.