Earlier this month, the Oregon Health Authority selected the RAND Corporation to conduct a comparative study on health care systems authorized by House Bill 2828 last year. The study will explore four models for financing health care, including the current system, a purely privatized system, and a publicly-funded option. In anticipation of the report due by the 2017 legislative session, HCAO chapters have been enacting local resolutions to educate Oregon constituents on this historic opportunity for state reform.
In January of this year, six Mid-Valley Health Care Advocate members including HCAO board member Charlie Swanson formed a legislative team to draft an advisory ballot measure for the voters of Corvallis. The City Council accepted their testimony at a preliminary presentation in April, had the City Attorney format wording to be compatible with the voters’ manual, and will formally review the measure at a work session on June 21. Assuming a favorable result, the measure will go before the voters of Corvallis in the November election.
The Rogue Valley HCAO chapter also drafted an advisory resolution for the upcoming election in Ashland. As reported by the Daily Tidings, “a small army of red T-shirted Ashland residents” were invited to the City Council meeting in early May to raise support among public officials for the resolution being listed on the November ballot. “We want legislators to see that voters are watching," HCAO board member Dr. Sandra Coyner told the council, "and that they take action on their own study.” The council postponed a vote on the resolution until the return of Mayor Stromberg at the next June 7 scheduled meeting.
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