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Brown signs health care funding bill

Gov. Kate Brown.
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SALEM, Oregon — Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Wednesday that will help fund the Oregon Health Plan. There’s a gap in funding health care in Oregon and a bipartisan bill will temporarily fill the hole.

“It was a monumental test to pass this bill in the legislative session,” Brown said.

She said the bill will tax hospitals and insurance companies to raise $360 million over the next six years, but it’s not enough.

“We also need to turn our focus to filling the rest of the Oregon Health Plan funding gap,” Brown said.

Governor Brown has two proposals to raise that additional money — a higher tax on tobacco and assessing fees to be levied against employers who don’t provide health insurance.  Those proposals are part of the governor’s budget and have to be approved by the legislature.

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