During the 2017 legislative session, Oregon continued to lead the nation in making healthcare more affordable and more accessible. Oregon leaders passed laws that extend healthcare to all children and increase access to comprehensive reproductive care. The Oregon Healthcare Protections Bill was the one of the biggest achievements, protecting healthcare for 375,000 low-income Oregonians and reducing premiums for another 220,000 who purchase insurance on their own.
But there are looming threats to affordable healthcare in Oregon. Anti-choice extremists have put a measure on Oregon’s 2018 ballot that would cut access to care for vulnerable Oregonians. Measure 106 sets a dangerous precedent of cherry-picking which medical procedures will or will not be covered by insurance, and limits access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. We need to fight back.