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March 8, 2022
Health Care Voices Founder Laura Packard Responds to the Passage of Oregon House Bill 4035
DENVER — Last week, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 4035, legislation that requires the Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations for options to improve access to or lower the cost of health care in Oregon. This bill will help cover hundreds of thousands of Oregonians in danger of losing their health insurance and access to care once pandemic protections are lifted – an integral next step to further health care reform efforts in Oregon.
“The passage of House Bill 4035 by the Oregon State Legislature represents a significant victory for all who are seeking to make more affordable, comprehensive health care available for Oregonians.”
“This low-cost high-quality health insurance bridge plan for low-income individuals will help Oregonians that need it most – those who are losing their coverage at the end of the public health emergency and those who typically churn in and out of state coverage options. Especially for people in treatment or with chronic conditions, reliable health insurance is a critical need. It also can be expanded in the future to cover more Oregonians in the marketplace, as too many at higher income levels with costly medical conditions still struggle to pay for their health care.”
“We look forward to seeing the impact of HB 4035, and building upon it next year with a public health insurance option.”
Laura Packard is the founder of Health Care Voices, executive director of Health Care Voter, and a stage-4 cancer survivor. The Affordable Care Act saved her life. She is a co-host of Care Talk, a call-in health care show on act.tv to answer America’s health insurance questions about the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid (airing Mondays at 4:30pm ET). If you’d like to connect with Laura to discuss HB 4035 or health care policy more generally, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.