“This bill’s done.”
Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, after the ACA repeal bill fails to win sufficient support for a vote.

The Big Deal this Week: ACA Repeal Bill Fails

Speaker Paul Ryan pulls the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moments before a scheduled vote when it became clear there wasn’t sufficient support to pass the controversial legislation. This means the ACA will remain in place for the immediate future.



News of the Week: Tobacco 21 passes Senate on 19-8 vote

The bill to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco passed the Senate with all Democrats and one Republican supporting the legislation. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives. 



April 7 – Deadline for Chairs to Schedule Work Sessions for First Chamber Measures 

Policy committees must post agendas that schedule any remaining first chamber measures (House bills in the House, Senate bills in the Senate) for which they intend to hold work sessions by April 7. The scheduled work sessions must occur by the April 18 deadline below. This will not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees. Bills in a policy committee that are not scheduled for a work session by this deadline cannot receive further action. 

This means a lot of bills will get scheduled for a public hearing and/or work session in the coming weeks.

The week ahead: Opioids, (Anti) Immunizations Bills, Wrongful Death damages, Balance Billing Ban for Out-of-Network Services

Health-Related Bill hearings and other activities 

Monday, March 27

HB 2114: Limits opioids to 7-day supply 

Work Session

Amendments are expected to be adopted that will require provider licensing boards to adopt guidelines for opioid prescriptions. Licensees will be required to adhere to the guidelines.


HB 3085 Health Care Workforce 

Public Hearing

Improves access to mental health specialty care in the rural/underserved setting by leveraging a two-cent pmpd tax on insurers.


Tuesday, March 28

HB 3404: Rear-facing car seats for children under the age of two 

Public Hearing and Possible Work Session


SB 580:  Written notice of school entry vaccination requirements.

Public Hearing

Requires health care practitioner, before administering vaccination to child, to provide written notice of each vaccination that child is required to receive as condition of attending school or children's facility in this state and of each exemption to that requirement. 


SB 869 Informed consent for vaccinations 

Public Hearing

Requires health care practitioner, before administering vaccination to child, to obtain informed

consent from parent of child or, if child is emancipated or has reached age of majority, from



SB 914: (Bans) immunization requirements for employment 

Public Hearing

Establishes that decisions related to immunizations are personal health care decisions and that

immunizations may not be mandated as condition of employment unless required by federal

law. Makes violation unlawful employment practice.


The public health community and providers strongly opposes “medical freedom” bills that hinder childhood immunizations.

Wednesday, March 29

SB 487 Doubles the statutory cap for wrongful death awards for non-economic damages.

Work Session


Trial lawyers will once again try to move their bill to increase statutory caps on non economic damages. Providers and insurers oppose changing the law and risking stability and predictability to the liability system. Increased costs may jeopardize access to care, especially in rural areas.

HB 2339 Balance Billing Ban for Out-of-Network Providers 

Work Session

Legislators will vote on whether to adopt amendments that tie the rate of reimbursement for OON providers to a percentage of medicare (as favored by insurers) or benchmarked to a percentiles of a fair and transparent database such as Fair Health. The provider coalition strongly support Fair Health amendments.


Legislative Session 101: Amendments

Legislative Counsel drafts amendments at the request of legislators. Frequently, amendments are needed to capture the intent of the drafter or to reflect consensus agreements from stakeholders. In Oregon, amendments can only be adopted during a work session of a legislative committee. They can’t be offered from the floor of the House or Senate during a vote of the full chamber.

For more information about the legislative process, please contact Katy King.

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