We need your donation to make the study happen because the legislature did not fund it. HB 3260 authorizes the Oregon Health Authority to contract a third party to study Oregon’s health care financing options.

The bill stipulates the ideal health care system will:

  • Provide universal access to comprehensive care at the appropriate time.

  • Allow choice of provider.

  • Reduce administrative costs.

  • Use sufficient, fair, and sustainable financing.

  • Ensure adequate compensation of providers.

  • Include physical, dental, vision, and mental health care.

  • Be affordable for individuals, families, businesses, and state and local governments.

The study will examine at least four options for financing health care:

  1. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act including private health insurance exchanges and the Oregon Integrated and Coordinated Health Care Delivery System (Health Care Transformation process).

  2. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act with the addition of a public option and including the basic health program of the Affordable Care Act.

  3. Publicly financed, privately delivered single payer health care, decoupled from employment.

  4. A plan selected by the OHA that makes available to every Oregonian essential health benefits, including preventive care and hospital services, using private insurance and privately delivered health care

Researchers must consider previous health care financing studies in Oregon and other states, the impact on Oregon’s Health Care Transformation process, and compliance with the Affordable Care Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and other relevant federal law.

The study must consider the impact of each option on individuals, businesses, the economy of the state including employment, and budget impacts to state and local governments.

The final report must include a recommendation for the option that best satisfies the criteria specified in the bill.

The Oregon Health Authority will submit a progress report no later than November 1, 2014 to the interim health care committees, and a final report to the 2015 regular legislative session.


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Index of HB 3260 study pages: