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Ask your state rep to agree with Senate human services budget proposal

House proposal caps OHP enrollment and cuts hospitalization from the plan. Senate proposal does not cap enrollment and requires consideration of premiums which are driving people off OHP.
From: Loriann Sheridan
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2003 11:54 AM
Subject: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY - ASK THEM TO CONCUR WITH SENATE DHS & REVENUE PROPOSALS

It is not over. Budget deliberations are ongoing.

The message today: Targeted at your Representative.

"PLEASE CONCUR WITH THE SENATE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET
AND REVENUE PROPOSAL."

SHARE A STORY ABOUT HOW THE BUDGET CRISIS HAS IMPACTED YOU, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR
CLIENTS.

This toll free number for the legislature will allow you to leave a voice
mail with your legislator: 1-800-332-2313. They will know who your legislator
is when you give them your address.

Or go to  http://www.leg.state.or.us/writelegsltr/writeset.htm

Here are numbers and e-mails of other critical legislators:

> Speaker Karen Minnis 503.986.1200  rep.karenminnis@state.or.us
> Representative Randy Miller 503.986.1437  rep.randymiller@state.or.us
> Representative Lane Shetterly 503.986.1423  rep.laneshetterly@state.or.us
> Representative Patti Smith 503.986.1452  rep.pattismith@state.or.us
> Representative Farr 503.986.1414  rep.patfarr@state.or.us
> Representative Berger 503.986.1420  rep.vickiberger@state.or.us
> Representative Dalto 503.986.1421  rep.billydalto@state.or.us
> Representative Backlund 503.986.1425  rep.vicbacklund@state.or.us
> Representative Williams 503.986.1435  rep.maxwilliams@state.or.us

The House Human Service Budget was not acceptable to the Senate. They
upped the ante on OHP by lifiting the cap on the enrollment for the Standard
population and adding a budget note related to OHP premiums. (See below for more
information).

If the House approves the Senate DHS Budget and Revenue package, it will
become the floor for further deliberations.

If the House rejects the Senate proposals, the DHS budget will wind up in
conference committee where the Senate version DHS proposal will become a ceiling.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE. MAKE A CALL.

The House vote is expected today (Aug 20th) at 1 or tomorrow.

Ellen Pinney * Oregon Health Action Campaign
503-581-6830 (Salem office) * 503-695-2806 (Portland home office & fax)
503-380-3288 (cell) * 503-370-7630 (office fax)

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The House Human Service Budget:
> Takes CHIP and OHP from 185% fpl to 200% fpl for pregnant women and
children.
> Restores Mental Health services for OHP Standard enrollees.
> Did not do anything to change the premium policy that has resulted in
over 20,344 OHP enrollees losing coverage between the beginning of March and
the beginning of June. 11,000 of those enrollees had incomes less than 10% of
the federal poverty level.
> Imposes a cap on enrollment for OHP Standard.
> Eliminates hospitalization for OHP Standard enrollees
> Does not include funding for HB2970, the Safety Net bill.
> Did not allocate sufficient revenues to restore Medically Needy.

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The Senate DHS proposal:
> Lifts the cap on OHP Standard enrollment
> Includes a budget note requiring a look at how the OHP Standard
premiums are impacting access for vulnerable populations.
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LoriAnn Sheridan
Oregon Health Action Campaign
 lsheridan@harborside.com
541-994-6012 (home)
541-921-0813 (cell)
503-581-6830 ext. 13 (office)
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