A bipartisan fix to ensure full funds for rural Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley
2017-07-06 22:27:37
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =quorum_merkley-iq%2501251870%2501211222%2b-%2b06-30-2017%2bJune%2beNews letter%2bSL%2bD%250118596.129665364.20948626.7791867%2501merkley%2540uni tyfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=quorum_merkley-iq%2501251870%2501211222%2b-%2b06-30-2017%2 bJune%2beNewsletter%2bSL%2bD%250118596.129665364.20948626.7791867%2501me rkley%2540unityfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dnewsletter%26utm_medium%3 demail%26utm_campaign%3dlogo&redir_log=101693534136676> Message from Jeff: Celebrating Independence Day Hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July! As we gather together with friends and family this week to celebrate the independence of our nation, let's take a moment to remember that our country was founded on a revolutionary idea -- the idea that we are all created equal. While we've made incredible strides towards a more perfect union, there is much more work to be done to achieve equality for all Americans under the law. We must never stop fighting for our core American values of "liberty and justice for all" that we hold dear. _____ Protecting Our Life-Saving Care <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2freport-older-ore gonians-would-experience-up-to-600-increase-in-health-care-premiums&redi r_log=785039503127933> Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sounded the alarm on the Senate majority's new health care bill, projecting that the new health care proposal would throw 22 million Americans off their health care over time, and 15 million in the next year alone. Additionally, Jeff released a report <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2freport-older-ore gonians-would-experience-up-to-600-increase-in-health-care-premiums&redi r_log=785039503127933> based on the CBO's projections, which found that older Oregonians would see an impossible increase in their premiums. The analysis found that Oregonians who are older, especially those who live in rural areas, would receive less financial assistance under the BCRA and would be hit by the bill's "age tax," and thus would pay premiums between up to 614 percent more than what they would pay under current law. That amounts to thousands of dollars more for health coverage every year. Jeff has been fighting for a health care system that provides affordable care to everyone who needs it, but this bill promises the opposite. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fimo%2fmedia%2fdoc%2fpremium%2520increase %2520map%2520report_2%255b1%255d.pdf&redir_log=492726472777601> Read the full report here >> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fimo%2fmedia%2fdoc%2fpremium%2520increase %2520map%2520report_2%255b1%255d.pdf&redir_log=492726472777601> _____ Ensuring Affordable Nursing Home Care for Middle-Class Oregonians <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-tours-ur ban-rural-nursing-homes-hears-fears-about-gops-efforts-to-gut-medicaid&r edir_log=950984230975963> Earlier this month, Jeff visited nursing homes <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2fmerkley-tours-ur ban-rural-nursing-homes-hears-fears-about-gops-efforts-to-gut-medicaid&r edir_log=950984230975963> in Klamath Falls and Portland and heard firsthand the impact the health care plan proposed in Congress would have on older Oregonians. All of the seniors he met, and over 60% of American seniors in nursing homes, rely on Medicaid to pay for their nursing home care. However, the new Senate health care proposal would eviscerate Medicaid, cutting funds by $772 billion. Many of these seniors have no more money, no assets, and many don't have a family to support them otherwise. If this bill passes, they fear they could be out on the streets. The CEO of Oregon's association of nursing homes estimates that if the bill passes, half of Oregon's nursing homes would be shuttered by 2025. Do you or a family member have a pre-existing condition, or rely on Medicaid, or worry about big premium increases making insurance unaffordable? You can help Jeff by sharing your story <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fshare-your-aca-story&redir_log=231919961 459361> on how this health care plan would impact you. Share your story here >> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fshare-your-aca-story&redir_log=231919961 459361> _____ Pressing for Much-Needed Disaster Relief <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-congressi onal-delegation-presses-for-federal-disaster-relief-for-severe-winter-st orms&redir_log=477944560591014> This past January, Oregon communities took a major hit following high winds, heavy snowfall, ice accumulation, extreme rainfall, flooding, and extended freezing temperatures. In many places, the continuous ice rain and low temperatures created extremely heavy ice sheets that compromised or collapsed roofs. Despite severe and costly damages from these winter storms, the President denied the State of Oregon's initial request for a disaster declaration for Baker, Columbia, Curry, Deschutes, Hood River, Josephine, Malheur, Multnomah, Washington, and Union counties. Jeff won't take no for an answer and has been pressing the administration for disaster aid. This month, he joined all of his fellow Oregon members of Congress to call on the President to reverse this decision and support disaster relief. Oregon communities are still struggling to recover, and Jeff won't stop fighting to get them the funding they need. Read Jeff's letter requesting disaster relief here>> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-congressi onal-delegation-presses-for-federal-disaster-relief-for-severe-winter-st orms&redir_log=477944560591014> _____ A Common-Sense Fix to Ensure Rural Oregon Can Use Emergency Response Funds <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-senators- representatives-introduce-bipartisan-common-sense-bill-to-ensure-oregon- counties-can-use-emergency-response-funds&redir_log=696084496591275> For years, Title III of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program has been a key source of funding for public safety and emergency response in rural Oregon. However, the federal government has prevented Oregon counties from using these funds for emergency response preparedness, like training or purchasing equipment for search and rescue missions. Millions of dollars that could be used for emergency responseare sitting in counties' bank accounts, and without action, those funds will need to be returned to the federal government in October. That is why Jeff has written bipartisan legislation <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-senators- representatives-introduce-bipartisan-common-sense-bill-to-ensure-oregon- counties-can-use-emergency-response-funds&redir_log=696084496591275> that would ensure counties can use their Title III funding for a full range of emergency response activities, including planning and training. This bill represents a common-sense fix to a problem that has prevented many counties from using their full Secure Rural Schools resources where they are most needed in the community. This bill will help ensure that potential resources that could help save Oregonians' lives won't go to waste. Read more about Jeff's bill to ensure Oregon counties can use emergency response funds here >> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18596.129665364.20948626.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fpress-releases%2foregon-senators- representatives-introduce-bipartisan-common-sense-bill-to-ensure-oregon- counties-can-use-emergency-response-funds&redir_log=696084496591275> _____ Thank you! 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Message from Jeff: Celebrating Independence Day

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July! As we gather together with friends and family this week to celebrate the independence of our nation, let's take a moment to remember that our country was founded on a revolutionary idea -- the idea that we are all created equal. While we’ve made incredible strides towards a more perfect union, there is much more work to be done to achieve equality for all Americans under the law. We must never stop fighting for our core American values of “liberty and justice for all” that we hold dear.  


Protecting Our Life-Saving Care

Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sounded the alarm on the Senate majority’s new health care bill, projecting that the new health care proposal would throw 22 million Americans off their health care over time, and 15 million in the next year alone. Additionally, Jeff released a reportbased on the CBO’s projections, which found that older Oregonians would see an impossible increase in their premiums. The analysis found that Oregonians who are older, especially those who live in rural areas, would receive less financial assistance under the BCRA and would be hit by the bill’s “age tax,” and thus would pay premiums between up to 614 percent more than what they would pay under current law. That amounts to thousands of dollars more for health coverage every year. Jeff has been fighting for a health care system that provides affordable care to everyone who needs it, but this bill promises the opposite.

Read the full report here >> 


Ensuring Affordable Nursing Home Care for Middle-Class Oregonians

Earlier this month, Jeff visited nursing homes in Klamath Falls and Portland and heard firsthand the impact the health care plan proposed in Congress would have on older Oregonians. All of the seniors he met, and over 60% of American seniors in nursing homes, rely on Medicaid to pay for their nursing home care. However, the new Senate health care proposal would eviscerate Medicaid, cutting funds by $772 billion. Many of these seniors have no more money, no assets, and many don’t have a family to support them otherwise. If this bill passes, they fear they could be out othe streets. The CEO of Oregon’s association of nursing homes estimates that if the bill passes, half of Oregon’s nursing homes would be shuttered by 2025.

Do you or a family member have a pre-existing condition, or rely on Medicaid, or worry about big premium increases making insurance unaffordable? You can help Jeff by sharing your story on how this health care plan would impact you. 

Share your story here >> 


 

Pressing for Much-Needed Disaster Relief

This past January, Oregon communities took a major hit following high winds, heavy snowfall, ice accumulation, extreme rainfall, flooding, and extended freezing temperatures. In many places, the continuous ice rain and low temperatures created extremely heavy ice sheets that compromised or collapsed roofs. Despite severe and costly damages from these winter storms, the President denied the State of Oregon’s initial request for a disaster declaration for Baker, Columbia, Curry, Deschutes, Hood River, Josephine, Malheur, Multnomah, Washington, and Union counties. 

Jeff won’t take no for an answer and has been pressing the administration for disaster aid. This month, he joined all of his fellow Oregon members of Congress to call on the President to reverse this decision and support disaster relief. Oregon communities are still struggling to recover, and Jeff won’t stop fighting to get them the funding they need. 

Read Jeff’s letter requesting disaster relief here>> 


 

A Common-Sense Fix to Ensure Rural Oregon Can Use Emergency Response Funds

For years, Title III of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program has been a key source of funding for public safety and emergency response in rural Oregon. However, the federal government has prevented Oregon counties from using these funds for emergency response preparedness, like training or purchasing equipment for search and rescue missionsMillions of dollars that could be used for emergency responseare sitting in counties’ bank accounts, and without action, those funds will need to be returned to the federal government in October.

That is why Jeff has written bipartisan legislation that would ensure counties can use their Title III funding for a full range of emergency response activities, including planning and training. This bill represents a common-sense fix to a problem that has prevented many counties from using their full Secure Rural Schools resources where they are most needed in the community. 

This bill will help ensure that potential resources that could help save Oregonians’ lives won’t go to waste.

Read more about Jeff’s bill to ensure Oregon counties can use emergency response funds here >> 


 

Thank you! 

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