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Oregon Budget Framework 17-19

On Thursday January 19, the co-chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee Sen. Richard Devlin (D-Tualantin) and Representative Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) released their 2017-2019 Budget Framework to prepare for the upcoming legislative session.

The Co-Chairs’ Existing Resources Budget Framework, 2017-2019 highlights the significant budget constraints that are anticipated for the next biennium and will start the discussion on funding of Oregon programs.

Evaluating the Oregon Health Authority Budget, the Co-chairs budget framework calls for a number of significant reductions including:

--Reducing Funding for the CCOs
--Reduce dental and addiction services provided through the Oregon Health Plan, except for services to pregnant women
--Cut health insurance coverage to 335,000 adults recently added to the Oregon Health Plan under the federal Affordable Care Act (Medicaid Expansion Population)
--Reduce funding for the Babies First program, school-based health centers, family planning services, tobacco cessation programs, and the state support for county health departments

Oregon is facing a significant budget shortfall into the next 2 years and it will be challenging for the Legislature to determine how to best fund programs to meet the needs of all Oregonians.

We look forward to the session and will continue to stay informed to the budgetary process as it progressed through the committees.

Posted on January 19, 2017.