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Andrea Salinas for State Representative

MAKING HEALTH CARE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE

“I believe that we must find a way to provide accessible and affordable health care to all Oregonians. Medical illness and debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy and missed work and school days. Until we can provide foundational health care for all, we cannot fulfill Oregon's economic potential.”

Universal Access to Care Workgroup

Upon my appointment to the 79th Assembly, I was named chair of the Universal Access to Healthcare workgroup by House Health Care Committee Chair Mitch Greenlick. The goal of the workgroup is to provide the legislature with a comprehensive report that identifies barriers to and incremental steps for moving Oregon towards a financially sustainable, universal, and affordable health care system. I look forward to continuing this work and introducing legislation in 2019 that will put all Oregonians on a path towards affordable, quality healthcare.

SB 770—Universal Access to Health Care

SB 770 sets up a task force to make a recommendation for how Oregon can move to a public, state administered health care system. One of my priorities for the 2019 legislative session was HB 2012, a bill that requires the Oregon Health Authority to design a Medicaid-like buy- in option, was included in SB 770. This will help those who currently do not have affordable access to health care to purchase a state-designed plan.

Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

As a new state legislator serving on the House Health Care Committee, I worked to pass HB 4005, a prescription drug transparency bill in 2018. Now, when drug prices spike, drug manufacturers will have to disclose the rationale and cost drivers for those price spikes.

Then, in 2019 I became Chair of the House Committee on Health Care where I continued to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable. I was proud to see the passage of a bill I sponsored, HB 2658, which requires pharmaceutical companies to provide a 60-day advance notice of prescription drug price increases over a certain threshold. Everyone should be able to reasonably budget for their prescriptions and have the time to consult with their doctor to find more affordable alternatives.

HB 3273— Drug Take Back Program

HB 3273 creates a drug take back program, paid for by the pharmaceutical manufacturers, where Oregonians can safely dispose of prescriptions and other medications. When drugs are improperly stored, they can end up in the hands of children or potential abusers. Furthermore, drugs are flushed down the toilet where they end up in our waterways and ecosystem. I was proud to work towards the bill’s passage.

Holding Hospitals Accountable

Part of the skyrocketing costs in health care are hospital costs. I have been working for the last five years to bring transparency to hospital pricing.

Specifically, I worked in the 2017 legislative session with elected leaders on HB 2679 which required a rate review process for hospitals, requiring them to justify costs, similar to the rate review system for health insurance companies. Ultimately, what passed was a bill to bring stakeholders together under SB 419 to recommend a rate review system similar to Maryland’s hospital rate review commission.

HB 3076—Hospital Community Benefit

HB 3076 will hold non-profit hospitals accountable to their charitable mission. Out of 60 hospitals in Oregon, all but two hold nonprofit status. This bill requires nonprofit hospitals to provide transparent and consistent financial assistance policies both within and between hospital systems so that patients eligible for charity care don’t fall through the cracks. It also ensures that fair community benefit spending floors are established through a clearly defined process which includes community engagement. I have been working on this first-of-its-kind legislation for over five years, and I am incredibly proud to see this bill become law.

HEALTH CARE

We must find a way to provide adequate health care to all Oregonians. Medical illness and debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy and missed work and school days. Until we can provide foundational health care for all, we cannot fulfill Oregon's economic potential.

EDUCATION

Full funding of our k-12 education system is a top priority for me. Too many of our students are not workforce-ready because we don't give them all the education they need. We have graduation and post-secondary education goals in place but our teachers and students can't be expected to achieve them without adequate resources.

ENVIRONMENT

We have already seen the devastation caused by global warming in various parts of our state. Protecting the climate is not only imperative to our economic prosperity and environmental sustainability, but also to our people and way of life as Oregonians.

Andrea Salinas

Meet Andrea

I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve as the Oregon State Representative for House District 38, Southwest Portland and Lake Oswego, since September 2017. Prior to my service as a state representative, I worked on the frontlines of politics to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors, and the environment.

I’m ready to continue to lead as your State Representative and do it in a way that brings people along, leaves the door open, reaches out to lift others up and puts more chairs at the table. This is the type of leadership we need at Oregon’s State Capitol. I ask for your support to re-elect Andrea Salinas for State Representative.

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