The Oregon Legislature passed a $465 million funding bill for the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon’s Medicaid program, over the next six years. House Bill 2010 passed with bipartisan votes in the Senate Thursday after the House approved it last week. Next, HB 2010 moves to Gov. Kate Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill finds funding from several health care taxes, including the hospital provider tax and a health insurance premium tax. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems celebrated the bill’s passage in the Senate.

“The funding package passed represents a carefully negotiated set of agreements brought forward by the Governor and further refined with a core set of stakeholders over many months prior to session,” said Andy Van Pelt, executive vice president of OAHHS, in a press release. “Other components of the package will come before the Legislature in coming months and hospitals will continue to advocate for their passage to fully and sustainably fund the Medicaid program in Oregon.”

Jeremy Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of GRH, said the bill's passing is great news for those in Union County who depend on Medicaid services.

“Grande Ronde Hospital (GRH) is pleased with the news of the passage of HB 2010. Given that nearly one in four Oregonians relies on Medicaid for health care, GRH feels it is deeply important that our state continues its commitment to these vulnerable families and individuals,” Davis said. “This allows GRH to continue its own commitment to support and care for these patients in our community.”

See complete story in Friday's Observer