News Release from Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS)
Lake Oswego, OR- Feb. 23, 2018 — The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) issued the following statement celebrating the passage of Measure 101 tonight. OAHHS, which represents all of Oregon’s 62 community hospitals, was a key supporter of the Yes for Healthcare coalition.
“On behalf of our patients and the communities we serve, Oregon’s hospitals are deeply gratified by the passage of Measure 101,” said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. “We are appreciative of the partnership of so many organizations and individuals from across the state who helped to make this outcome possible.”
“Tonight’s vote is critical affirmation of our collective belief that Oregon is better off with a robust Medicaid program that tends to the needs of patients before, during and after an illness or the birth of a child. It is a recognition that our vulnerable friends and neighbors need access to the lifesaving services that our entire health care system provides. We are proud to have been an integral partner in fighting for these patients and their families.”
Willamette Valley Medical center and hospitals around the state have been longtime advocates for the Oregon Health Plan, working alongside the legislature for the last 15 years to develop funding solutions for the program that ensure coverage for as many Oregonians as possible.
In coming months, Willamette Valley Medical Center and our fellow hospitals will work cooperatively with legislative leadership, the Governor and other stakeholders to craft additional sustainable funding solutions for the years to come to ensure the stability and health of the Oregon Health Plan. We are committed to continuing the work on future budget solutions that maintain coverage for Oregon’s most vulnerable.
Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is a statewide, nonprofit association that works closely with local, state and national health care leaders, businesses, citizen coalitions, and other organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s health care community.