One week and counting: massive grassroots turnout to help pass Measure 101

With just one week until Election Day, Oregonians showed up to support Measure 101 over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Rallies, canvasses and phone banks were held in ten cities: Portland, Eugene, Bend, Salem, Corvallis, Medford, Hillsboro, The Dalles, Coos Bay and Lincoln City.

Photo: YES on Measure 101 supporters in Lincoln City. 

Over 550 volunteers came out across the state. In Portland there was a line around the block on Monday as health care supporters showed up to rally and then talk with their neighbors about Measure 101.

Photo: YES on Measure 101 supporters in Portland lined up around the block for a rally before canvassing. 

Photo: YES on Measure 101 supporters at a rally in Portland. 

Photo (from left to right): Senator Jeff Merkley, Meg Niemi (SEIU 49), OHP Member Crystal Baran and her daughter Lily, Senator Ron Wyden, and Serena Cruz (Executive Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation) with her daughter Esperanza, all shared about the importance of Measure 101 at a rally on Sunday, 1/14.

Photo: OHP Member Crystal Baran and her daughter Lily at a rally in Portland.

Photo: Serena Cruz, Executive Director of Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, spoke to Measure 101 supporters at a rally on Sunday, 1/14.

Photo: Aldo Solano (Oregon Latino Health Coalition), Representative Diego Hernandez, and Congressman Kurt Schrader at a rally in Portland on 1/15.

“One of the most gratifying parts of the campaign is how many young people are working both their online and real life networks in support of protecting health care for Oregon’s children, seniors and people with disabilities,” says Elvyss Argueta, Field Director for Measure 101. “There have been steady stream of #M101Selfie social media posts as Oregonians report that they have voted or volunteered.”

 

“This campaign has massive involvement from regular Oregonians who are coming together to protect health care,” says Argueta. “College students, young parents and working families know that without health care coverage they can’t protect their loved ones or they are at risk of losing coverage for themselves.”

Ballots are due by 8:00 pm on January 23rd. Here is the full list of drop box locations.

Volunteers will be working to get out the vote everyday between now and Election Day in cities around the state. To join the campaign and help spread the word, visit www.yesforhealthcare.org/get-involved.

About Measure 101:
Measure 101 funds the state Medicaid program which serves more than one million Oregonians – including 400,000 children – through temporary assessments on insurance companies and large hospitals. M101 also stabilizes health insurance premiums and lowers premiums for people who purchase their own health insurance. It is supported by more than 175 organizations, including the entire health care system and advocates for health care, children, education, people with disabilities, and seniors. Measure 101 has received support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. M101 has so far received the endorsement of 15 newspapers in every part of Oregon.

Milestone hit! More than 160 organizations have endorsed Measure 101

Yes on Measure 101 campaign is surging as Oregonians come together to protect health care for children and families

Oregonians are uniting in the campaign to protect Medicaid for low-income Oregonians and today supporters announced that more than 160 organizations have joined the coalition. When their health care is at risk, Oregonians show up to defend it. Last week in Medford, Bend and other communities, people came together to share their stories about how important it is to protect Medicaid for the people in their communities.

“Measure 101 protects health care coverage for our patients and stabilizes the insurance market,” says Christy Simila, RN, Portland. “When families don’t have coverage, a single hospitalization can throw them into a financial spiral it can take years to get out of. Having a coalition of more than 160 organizations shows that Oregonians believe that everyone in our state deserves health care.”

Coalition members point out that the holidays are particularly difficult for people without health care coverage.

“When families are paying off massive medical debt, the holidays become an extra burden rather than cause for celebration. But when children have coverage, their families have more financial security and do not have to seek expensive emergency care that drives costs up for everyone,” says Tonia Hunt, Executive Director of Children First for Oregon. “We are proud to be part of the coalition supporting Yes on Measure 101 and we hope everyone in the state will get involved.”

The Yes for Healthcare Coalition includes groups like AARP Oregon, Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Dental Association, the Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Education Association, Stand for Children, Oregon School Board Association, and dozens of other organizations.

Election Day is January 23, 2018, when all ballots are due at local drop sites or county elections offices by 8:00PM. Ballots will start arriving in mailboxes of registered voters after January 3, 2018.

Below is the list of coalition partners. To volunteer for the campaign and add your name to the list of supporters, visit www.yesforhealthcare.org.

Coalition to Protect Health Care

The Yes for Healthcare/Yes on Measure 101 campaign has a historically broad and diverse coalition of more than 160 supporting organizations from across the state.

  1. AARP Oregon
  2. AAUP Oregon
  3. Addictions Recovery Center
  4. Adelante Mujeres
  5. Advantage Dental
  6. AFT-Oregon
  7. AllCare Health
  8. Alliance4Kids
  9. Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon
  10. American Association of University Women
  11. American College of Nurse Midwives – Oregon
  12. American College of Physicians Oregon Chapter
  13. Asante
  14. Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
  15. Basic Rights Oregon
  16. Bridges to Change
  17. CareOregon
  18. Cascade Health Alliance
  19. Catholic Charities of Oregon
  20. Causa
  21. CCO Oregon
  22. Central City Concern
  23. Children First for Oregon
  24. The Children’s Clinic (offices in Portland, Tualatin and Newberg)
  25. Children’s Institute
  26. Church Women of United Lane County
  27. Climate Solutions
  28. Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO)
  29. Coalition of Communities of Color
  30. Coalition of Community Health Clinics
  31. Coalition of Oregon Professional Association for Counseling and Therapy
  32. Coastal Family Health Center
  33. Columbia Pacific CCO
  34. Community Health Center of Clatskanie
  35. Community Partners for Affordable Housing
  36. Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
  37. De Paul Treatment Centers
  38. Disability Rights Oregon
  39. Douglas County Independent Physician Association
  40. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
  41. Euvalcree
  42. Fair Shot for All Oregon
  43. Familias En Accion
  44. Family Forward Oregon
  45. Family Nurturing Center
  46. Forward Together
  47. Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation
  48. Health Care for All Oregon
  49. Health Share of Oregon
  50. Housing Alliance
  51. Human Services Coalition of Oregon
  52. IATSE Local 488 Studio Mechanics PNW
  53. IBEW Local 48
  54. Independent Living Resources
  55. Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
  56. Jackson Care Connect CCO
  57. Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
  58. Jobs with Justice
  59. Kaiser Permanente
  60. La Clinica
  61. Lancaster Family Health Center
  62. Lane County Medical Society
  63. Latino Network
  64. League of Women Voters – Oregon
  65. Legacy Health
  66. Main Street Alliance of Oregon
  67. Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates
  68. Mirasol Family Health Center
  69. NAACP Portland Branch
  70. NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
  71. National Association of Hispanic Nurses Oregon  Chapter
  72. National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 82
  73. National Association of Social Workers – Oregon
  74. National Organization for Women – Oregon Chapter
  75. Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
  76. Neighborhood Partnerships
  77. Northwest Housing Alternatives
  78. Nurses for Single Payer
  79. NW Oregon Labor Council
  80. Office of The Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie
  81. One Community Health
  82. Options Counseling and Family Services
  83. Oregon AFL-CIO
  84. Oregon AFSCME
  85. Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
  86. Oregon Center for Christian Voices
  87. Oregon Center for Public Policy
  88. Oregon Community Health Workers Association (ORCHWA)
  89. Oregon Consumer League
  90. Oregon Dental Association
  91. Oregon Developmental Disabilities Coalition
  92. Oregon Education Association
  93. Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals
  94. Oregon Head Start Association
  95. Oregon Health Care Association
  96. Oregon Health Equity Alliance
  97. Oregon Latino Agenda for Action
  98. Oregon Latino Health Coalition
  99. Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  100. Oregon Medical Association
  101. Oregon Nurses Association
  102. Oregon Patients Rights Association
  103. Oregon Pediatric Society
  104. Oregon Primary Care Association
  105. Oregon Public Health Association
  106. Oregon Public Health Association (OPHI)
  107. Oregon Recovers
  108. Oregon School-Based Health Alliance
  109. Oregon School Boards Association
  110. Oregon School Employees Association
  111. Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists
  112. Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens
  113. Oregon State Firefighters Council
  114. OSPIRG
  115. Oregon-PTA
  116. Oregon Working Families Party
  117. Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon
  118. Our Health Oregon
  119. Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
  120. Pacific Pediatrics
  121. Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
  122. Partnership for Safety and Justice
  123. PCUN – Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
  124. PeaceHealth
  125. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
  126. PrimaryHealth of Josephine County
  127. Professional and Technical Employees Local 17
  128. Project Access NOW
  129. Providence Health & Services
  130. Renew Oregon
  131. Rogue Community Health
  132. Rosewood Family Health Center
  133. Rural Health Association
  134. Rural Oregon Progressives
  135. Rural Organizing Project
  136. Salud Medical Center
  137. Samaritan Health Services
  138. SEIU Local 49
  139. SEIU Local 503
  140. ShelterCare
  141. St. Charles Health System
  142. Stand for Children
  143. Street Roots
  144. Trillium Community Health Plan
  145. Tuality Health
  146. UFCW Local 555
  147. Umpqua Health Alliance
  148. Unidos Bridging Community
  149. Unite Oregon
  150. United Academics
  151. United Seniors of Oregon
  152. Upstream Public Health
  153. Urban League of Portland
  154. Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
  155. The Vocal Seniority
  156. We Can Do Better
  157. Western Oregon Advanced Health
  158. Willamette Dental
  159. Willamette Valley Community Health
  160. Willamette Valley Physicians
  161. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
  162. ZOOM+pediatrics

Voters Pamphlet Statements show Oregonians support Measure 101

Statements from 54 individuals and organizations in the January Special Election Voters Pamphlet show Measure 101 is essential to protect healthcare in Oregon

Today the Voters Pamphlet Statements for Measure 101 were published on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website. There were 54 statements of support for Measure 101 in the Voters Pamphlet, nearly twice the number the opponents submitted. Oregonians from across the state spoke out in support of Measure 101 which protects health care for low-income and vulnerable Oregonians and brings stability to insurance premiums.

Statements came from individuals who count on Medicaid for themselves or their children, and from the people who provide that care, including Nurse Holly Herrera. She joined dozens of other health care providers in standing up for Medicaid in our state.

“Oregonians with health insurance do not delay seeking help when they are sick. They have primary care providers, get regular check ups and timely preventive care, like immunizations and cancer screenings. They can take care of their basic health and avoid going to the ER, saving costs for themselves and other taxpayers.”

Grandfather Don Forness of Wilsonville told a powerful personal story in his statement:

“When my granddaughter had her first child in July, the baby wasn’t covered by her health insurance policy. There were complications after the birth, and her newborn had to return to the hospital for treatment. Thank goodness my great-granddaughter qualified for the Oregon Health Plan. Today, she is healthy and home with her family because she got the care she needed, when she needed it.”

With about two months until the January 23, 2017 election day, more than 90 organizations have endorsed Measure 101 because everyone deserves healthcare coverage, and Measure 101 is an important step to make healthcare affordable and accessible to every Oregonians, including 400,000 children.

To learn more and join the campaign, go to yesforhealthcare.org.

Enroll in healthcare coverage, then get ready to vote in January

Measure 101 stabilizes premiums and saves people who buy their own coverage an average of $300 per year

If you buy your own healthcare coverage, the Yes for Healthcare campaign has an important message for you:

  1. Make sure you sign up for coverage during the open enrollment period that runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.
  2. Mark your calendars to vote YES on Measure 101 in the January 23, 2018 special election to stabilize Oregon’s health insurance market and maintain Measure 101’s $300 a year premium savings.

It’s no secret that costs keep increasing for people who buy their own coverage. Earlier this year there was also a risk that some health plans might pull out of Oregon’s rural communities altogether because of volatility in the market.

The good news is that Measure 101 is already bringing stability to the insurance market and is reducing premiums, through the reinsurance program that it funds. That means most Oregon counties have access to at least two health plans, and every county has at least one. In addition, the 2018 annual rates are $300 lower per person than they would have been otherwise, according to Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services.

“I am voting yes on Measure 101 in January because I cannot afford to pay higher premiums,” says restaurant owner Elizabeth Petrosian, who purchases insurance for herself and her husband. “Measure 101 stabilizes premiums for people like me, makes sure everyone has access to health care, and lowers costs.”

Measure 101’s assessments on health insurance companies supports the state reinsurance program that helps cover the cost of caring for the sickest people, which stabilizes the insurance market. If Measure 101 doesn’t pass in January, funding for this program will be slashed.

That is just one reason Measure 101 now has the support of more than 75 organizations,  including the AARP-Oregon, the Oregon Medical Association, the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon Association of Hospital and Health Systems, local healthcare providers across Oregon, as well as patient and consumer groups.

“When people don’t have health care coverage, they put off doctor visits and have to turn to emergency rooms for care, which drives costs up for all of us,” says La Grande nurse Cheryl Cosgrove, who works in an intensive care unit. “Measure 101 means that working families have access to healthcare coverage and can get the services they need.”

To share your healthcare story and join the Yes for Healthcare campaign, go to www.YesforHealthcare.org.

BACKGROUND:

The premium assessments on health insurance companies from Measure 101 leverage $30 million in federal matching dollars to fund the state’s reinsurance program. Oregon received approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this month.

According to the Oregonian, the reinsurance program “spreads the risk of high cost claims so no carrier bears a disproportionate share. The program reduced rates in the individual market by 6 percent.”

The premium assessments for the reinsurance program were passed by the legislature in HB 2391 and are now on the ballot as Measure 101 in January’s special election.

Yes for Healthcare Campaign Launches with 60 Organizations

Join us to protect healthcare for low-income children, seniors, people with disabilities and adults.

Today the Yes for Healthcare campaign officially launched to pass Measure 101 in January. The Measure was certified Monday by the Oregon Elections Division for the January 23, 2018 special election ballot.

“On behalf of my nephew and the more than one million Oregon Health Plan kids and adults in the state, I will be working hard to make sure everyone knows that we need to vote Yes in January,” says Karen Escobar, OHP Member, The Dalles. “Measure 101 provides essential healthcare coverage for low-income children, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income Oregonians.”

The Yes for Healthcare campaign includes 60 organizations and brings together Oregon Health Plan recipients, consumers, nurses and other healthcare providers, nonprofit organizations, labor organizations and more from around the state, and the campaign continues to grow.

“Providence Health & Services and healthcare providers across the state support Measure 101 because every Oregonian deserves access to affordable healthcare,” says Dave Underriner, Chief Executive, Oregon. “Measure 101 preserves healthcare coverage for millions of Oregonians and stabilizes the statewide insurance market, protecting the commitment we’ve made as a state to many of our most vulnerable citizens.”

More than 400,000 children and nearly 600,000 adults count on the Oregon health plan for primary care, behavioral healthcare, preventive care and emergency services.

“Today 95 percent of Oregonians have healthcare coverage, which means people can access and receive preventive care, which reduces overall cost by avoiding unnecessary emergency room and hospital care,” says Amit Shah, MD, Chief Medical Officer of CareOregon. “We are coming together with 60 other organizations to ensure that everyone in our state can receive the care they deserve.”

Measure 101 also funds a state reinsurance program to reduce premiums for people who buy their own insurance because they don’t have coverage on the job.

“Everyone deserves access to healthcare coverage, and every day I see the difference it makes for people to be able to receive the care they need,” says Cheryl Cosgrove, RN who works in the intensive care unit in La Grande. “Too many Oregonians work two or three jobs to put food on the table, but can’t access high-quality healthcare. Whether you work in a coffee shop or at a construction site, every Oregonian should be able to visit a nurse or doctor when they need it. With Ballot Measure 101, we will be closer to realizing that than ever before.”

To get involved, go to www.YesforHealthcare.org

The Yes for Healthcare Coalition so far includes:

AAUP Oregon
AllCare Health
Alliance4Kids
American Association of University Women
AFT-Oregon
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon
CareOregon
Cascade Health Alliance
Coalition for a Healthy Oregon (COHO)
Columbia Pacific CCO
Douglas County Independent Physician Association
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Elders in Action
Euvalcree
Fair Shot for All Oregon
Family Forward Oregon
Health Care for All Oregon
Health Share of Oregon
Housing Alliance
Human Services Coalition of Oregon
Jackson Care Connect CCO
Jobs with Justice
Legacy Health
Main Street Alliance of Oregon
NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon
Neighborhood Partnerships
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon AFSCME
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Oregon Consumer League
Oregon Education Association
Oregon Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals
Oregon Latino Health Coalition
Oregon Health Care Association
Oregon Health Equity Alliance
Oregon Medical Association
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Primary Care Association
Oregon School-Based Health Alliance
Oregon School Employees Association
Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens
Oregon-PTA
PCUN – Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
PrimaryHealth of Josephine County
Providence Health & Services
SEIU Local 49
SEIU Local 503
The Bus Project
Trillium Community Health Plans
Umpqua Health Alliance
United Seniors of Oregon
Upstream Public Health
Urban League of Portland
Western Oregon Advanced Health
Willamette Valley Community Health
Willamette Valley Physicians
Working Families Party