Legislative Advocacy

OAHU's legislative efforts strive to educate officials on both the federal and state levels about the healthcare system and the vital role of the health insurance agent as a consumer resource and advocate. Through a network of key contacts, OAHU and NAHU cultivates relationships that allow members to clarify issues before bills are written and votes are taken. These relationships are strengthened through actions undertaken at the national level by Health Underwriters Political Action Committee (HUPAC) and and the state level at Oregon Health Underwriters Political Action Committee (OAHUPAC).

For a recap of all OAHU Legislative Updates, click here (In order to access the bill tracking tool, you will need to log in to the OAHU website).

For more information at the national level, click hereFor a full listing of all Oregon bills and text of actual bills proposed, click here to access the OAHU's bill tracking tool.

OAHU Legislative Alert - January 17, 2018

As you all know, we have to vote next week on Initiative 101.    The OAHU Legislative Committee sent out a background information page written by Doug Barber a while ago, but thought it would be helpful to send it out again for those of you who would like a refresher on the initiative.  To view the background information page, click here.

OAHU Legislative Alert - October 10 2017

Opponents of HB 2391 which imposed a tax on health insurance in Oregon have submitted what they claim is enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.  OAHU will be monitoring the issue.  The tax adds an additional 1.5% and has been filed separately by the carriers in addition to their rates.  The tax is designed to keep approximately 350,000 people on the State's medicaid program.   Opponents believe better budget management will achieve the same result. It is the opinion of OAHU that the tax, if it goes to ballot, will be repealed. We will keep you informed of the progress as updates are received.  The special election will occur in January.  http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/repeal_of_oregon_health_care_t.html#incart_river_home

OAHU Members advocating for you at the 2017 NAHU Capitol Conference!

Kathy Gadina, Kelly Pastore, Congressman Schrader, Jill Pedersen
Alyssa Weller and Stacy Carmichael

 Alisha Bruce, Stacy Carmichael, Rep. Bonamici, Emma Passe,
CJ Hudson and Kathy Gadinas