Transportation & Revenue continues to dominate the conversationIn the past week, the Transportation package was unveiled to the public. The Transportation package has been a high priority for the Governor and Legislature. The Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization is the special joint committee created to work with this package throughout the session. In the interim leading up to the session, there has been significant work done to look at the transportation needs around the state and gauge what needs to be done, the costs and benefits and how to put that together in a package with funding that could stand a chance at passage.
You can read the Transportation package proposal HERE. In order to fund the items within the package, there would be revenue vote(s) required. The Oregonian looks at what is in the package and what the challenges are to passage HERE.
Along with the Revenue package and Transportation package, Legislators are also looking at the Provider Tax. The Provider Tax is a tax on Oregon's healthcare systems that allows for a reimbursement to providers along with a tax. The Provider tax is in general used to fund Medicaid health care and is hoped to fill the budgetary hole that currently exists in current coverage for the Medicaid healthcare expansion.
You can read more about the Provider Tax HERE and HERE. Passage of the Provider Tax would also be a revenue/tax vote and would require a super majority in order to move it through this session.
Hearings This WeekThe next deadline for bills is upcoming. May 19th is the deadline for bills that are now in a second chamber policy committee to be scheduled for a work session. This work session must then occur by June 2. This does NOT apply to bills in Ways & Means, Revenue or Rules. You can read O4AD's most recent bill tracking HERE.
O4AD's most recent bill calendar is also available HERE.
This week, here are some of the bills of interest to advocates:
HB 2630 ~ Makes changes to Oregon guardianship laws to ensure adequate safeguards for respondents and protected persons. May 16, 2017. Senate Judiciary.
HB 2303 ~ Modifies date by which coordinated care organization must report to the Oregon Health Authority proportion of total medical costs allocated to primary care. May 16, 2017. Senate Health Care.
HB 3253 ~ Clarifies that state agency and departments shall purchase certain products and services from Commission for the Blind. May 16, 2017. House Rules.
HB 3175 ~ Makes changes to definition of "Low Income Households" in Local Innovation nd Fast Track Housing Program. May 17, 2017. Senate Human Services.
HB 2391 ~ Requires the Oregon Health Authority to submit blueprint for basic health plan to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by December 31, 2017. May 18, 2017. Joint Ways & Means on Human Services.
SB 493 ~ Creates new manner of committing crime of assault in the fourth degree when person with criminal negligence causes serious physical injury to vulnerable user of public way by means of motor vehicles. May 18, 2017. House Judiciary.
If you are attending hearings, please note you may contact the Capitol if accommodations are needed in the room. For information on visiting the Capitol and Special Needs, please click HERE.
You may view a complete listing of hearings occurring via the Legislative website - HERE.
Join the Advocacy for Oregon Project Independence on May 17.
O4AD will be focusing our attention on the absolute need to protect funding for Oregon Project Independence during our Day at the Capitol on May 17. If you are not able to join us at the Capitol, please take this opportunity to advocate with legislators on the importance of protecting this program which protects so many older adults and people with disabilities.
Your communication with Legislators brings important attention to the need to fund Oregon Project Independence at current funding levels - $21 million for Seniors and $6 million for the People with Disabilities Pilot Project. Current funding levels will still result in 10% less resources available than the current biennium due to rising costs of care however, there simply cannot be less than current funding for this program. OPI provides not only program effectiveness but also critical cost savings for the state. Reduction and/or elimination of the program will result in immediate cost increases for the State General Fund - an unwise choice in the overall budget picture for our state.
O4AD has released Talking Points on the importance of protecting funding for OPI. You can access these talking points HERE.
Contact Ways & Means legislators to let them know the importance of this program. You can access their contact information HERE.
Or you can email them directly following these links:
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward - Co Chair, Human Services Ways & Means Subcommittee
Representative Dan Rayfield - Co Chair, Human Services Ways & Means Subcommittee
Senator Sara Gelser
Senator Jackie Winters
Representative Teresa Alonso Leon
Representative Knute Buehler
Representative Cedric Hayden
Representative Sheri Malstrom
Senator Richard Devlin - Co Chair, Ways & Means
Representative Nancy Nathanson - Co-Chair, Ways & Means
Our message is simple - Protect Funding for OPI at Current Funding Levels.
Read about O4AD's budget priorities HERE.
You can also access other talking points and information on OPI via O4AD's website - HERE.
THANK YOU! Your voice is critical as we fight to protect this important program.
For more information or with questions, please contact O4AD. firstname.lastname@example.org.
O4AD Day at the Capitol
O4AD is pleased to host our Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 17. We look forward to welcoming senior and disability advocates to the Capitol to share their stories, perspectives and call for support to Oregon's system of long term services and supports. Thank you to everyone who is taking time out of their day to participate!
O4AD Legislative Conference CallO4AD will host our Legislative Conference Call on Friday, May 19th at 11 am. This week we will discuss the revenue proposals and transportation package that is expected to be discussed this week along with any other new news from the week at the Capitol. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, EMAIL O4AD.
Call in: 1-866-200-5786
Participant Code: 835329
Please note, there will be NO Legislative Conference Call on Friday, May 26.