Oregon Statewide Ballot Measure 101
Text of Measure – Ballot Title
The ballot title is as follows:
“Approves temporary assessments to fund health care for low-income individuals and families, and to stabilize health insurance premiums. Temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, and other providers of insurance or health care coverage. Insurers may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of these assessments
Result of “Yes” Vote: “Yes” vote approves temporary assessments on insurance companies, some hospitals, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board, and managed care organizations. Assessments provide funding for health care for low-income individuals and families, and individuals with disabilities; also stabilize premiums charged by insurance companies for health insurance purchased by individuals and families. Insurance companies may not increase rates on health insurance premiums by more than 1.5 percent as a result of the assessments. Hospital assessments may not begin without approval by a federal agency.
Result of “No” Vote: “No” vote rejects temporary assessments on insurance companies, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board, and managed care organizations; and either rejects or delays temporary assessments on some hospitals. Assessments rejected (or delayed) by a “no” vote are currently budgeted to fund health care for low-income individuals, families, and individuals with disabilities and for stabilizing the costs of insurance premiums. As a result, a “no” vote would underfund these budgeted costs.”
United Way Promotes Trauma-Informed Care
Childhood trauma carries a shroud of secrecy and is often denied or ignored. Recognizing, understanding, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma in service settings are collectively referred to as Trauma-Informed Care. To promote the advancement of Trauma-Informed Care in Central Oregon, United Way of Deschutes County is hosting a no-cost Train-the-Trainer educational opportunity, held February 14 – 16 in Bend. The organization is now accepting applications to fill 18 participant spots.
The two-and-a-half day training will be delivered at no-cost to participants by Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday February 14th and 15th, and from 8:30 am – noon on Friday, February 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 61980 Skyline Ranch Road, Bend, Oregon. Space is limited and interested individuals must complete an online application and complete other pre-training requirements to participate. Contact United Way of Deschutes County at 541.389.6507 for more information and access to the online application.
United Way of Deschutes County has recently adopted a new focus – Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) – referring to childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and distressed family environments. The ACEs study, conducted in the 1990s by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, remains one of the largest-ever investigations into the link between childhood trauma and health and wellbeing later in life. It is well known that childhood trauma impacts all areas of a person’s life: physical, behavioral, mental, social, and spiritual. The good news is that trauma can be identified and treated. That’s why United Way has also adopted building resilience in individuals, families, and our community as a top priority. Resilience means having the skills, perspectives, relationships, and support to manage hardships, cope with stress, and bounce back from adversity.
United Way of Deschutes County is a Central Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a local Board of Directors, community leaders, and volunteers. Established in 1952, the agency has been building stronger individuals, families, and communities for 65 years by investing in programs and services that support the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. To learn more visit www.deschutesunitedway.org or call us at 541.389.6507.