Measure 101 passing handily in statewide count

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The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) issued the following statement celebrating the passage of Measure 101 tonight. "The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided states with the option of extending Medicaid eligibility status to childless adults aged 19-64 who earn less than 138 percent of poverty ($16,643 for an individual)-many of whom were previously uninsured".

The suit charges that the approval of Kentucky's waiver - which also requires many Medicaid recipients to pay premiums and locks them out of the program for up to six months if they violate certain rules - runs counter to Medicaid's objective of providing the poor with access to health care. The taxes before voters in the special election on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, are a short-term fix for health care funding created to generate between $210 and $320 million in revenue over two years.

OR voters have approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies to address rising Medicaid costs.

Oregonians have until 8 p.m.to vote on whether the state will tax hospitals and health insurers to pay rising Medicaid costs.

Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat who had urged voters to vote "yes" in the special election, said politicians everywhere should take note.

About $320 million of the $550 million package would have been repealed if Measure 101 had been voted down, triggering a rush to find alternative funds or risk pushing low-income Oregonians off the Medicaid rolls.

Measure 101 passed easily at the statewide level with about 62% of OR voters saying "yes" and 38% of voters saying "no".

"As long as it means children have health insurance and have access to affordable health coverage, I am for that".

They also believed hospitals and insurers will pass the cost to consumers, despite language that limits premium rate increases to 1.5 percent.

"Health care spending for the Medicaid expansion population increased steadily over time for beneficiaries who remained enrolled in the program" the report states. Medicaid is Ohio's largest insurer, covering 3 million people.

"States can not impose additional eligibility requirements that are not explicitly allowed by the Medicaid Act", the complaint states. Although some families' earnings rose after leaving TANF, most remained far below the federal poverty line.

Three organizations opposing profound changes to Kentucky's Medicaid program filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the nation's first experiment to compel low-income people to work or otherwise engage in their communities to qualify for the safety-net health insurance.

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