SALEM, Ore. – Ballots will be mailed out this week for the Jan. 23 special election.
The big issue on the ballot is Measure 101, which could impact insurance coverage for low-income residents.
State lawmakers passed a bill in July 2017 that would temporarily tax some hospitals and insurance companies to make up for a Medicaid funding shortfall.
However, one lawmaker got enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Now, voters will be asked to approve or reject the tax.
Supporters say a “yes” vote will preserve healthcare for low-income Oregonians. But opponents say approving Measure 101 would create a $330 million tax that would affect individuals, small employers, school districts, colleges and hospitals.
Find a list of drop box locations in our area here.