A controversial measure that made up the entirety of the special Jan. 23 ballot passed, cementing a House Bill that places a provider tax on hospitals and insurance providers.
Measure 101 passed with 67.12 percent of the vote in Lane County and nearly 62 percent statewide.
The passage of the bill will continue to implement a 0.7 percent tax on large hospitals and a 1.5 percent tax on some health insurance companies to continue to fund Medicaid. If the bill had failed, state officials warned that approximately 350,000 Oregonians would be at risk of losing their health coverage.
Elected representatives weighed in on the vote shortly after results came in. Senate President Peter Courtney released a statement saying, “Passage of Measure 101 ensures we’ll have the funding we need to provide basic healthcare for our people. It may be a win, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. Our budget focus must now shift to the February forecast and the effects federal tax changes will have on state revenue. The upcoming session is short. It moves fast. We have a lot of work to do.”
House Speaker Tina Kotek also weighed in saying, “Oregonians were loud and clear tonight: Health care is a right that we will protect. By passing Measure 101, Oregon voters affirmed that everyone has a right to access affordable health care – regardless of where they live or where they work. Thank you, Oregon voters, for keeping the state moving forward.”