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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.

Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

As an advocate in 2017, I led a coalition, Oregonians for Affordable Drug Prices Now, to bring down the cost of prescription drug prices in Oregon. The 2017 legislature wasn’t able to pass HB 2387, the Oregon Affordable Prescription Drug Bill, but as a new state legislator I persisted and worked alongside Representative Rob Nosse 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.

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.

This work is currently underway and a recommendation should be made by the end of 2018.

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

For more than 20 years, I have been working to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors, and the environment. I have a proven record of bringing state elected leaders together to move a progressive agenda forward.

I'm ready to step up and lead - and to do it by bringing people along, leaving the door open, reaching out to lift others up, and bringing more chairs to the table. This is the type of leadership we need at our state Capitol, and I am asking for your continued support as Oregon's State Representative for House District 38.

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