Oregon House Passes Health Authority Revenue

A health care tax package that continues support for Medicaid services for the next two years passed the Oregon House today.
The 3/5 majority was reached on a 36-23 vote. House Bill 2391 is one of several revenue and budget bills that are making their way through the chambers in these closing weeks. More than 350,000 low-income Oregon residents could lose health insurance under the federal Medicaid expansion almost immediately if the revenue is not authorized. The budget bill dedicates $5 million to Public Health Modernization and addition support for community mental health services. It also put in place stronger accountability measures to address concerns about OHAs operations.This step moves closer to closing the $1.4 billion budget gap.
The bills now move to the Senate, where a 3/5 majority is also needed.

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