Signing Up for Quality, Affordable Health Care

Senator Jeff Merkley
2017-12-07 10:03:58
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Sign Up to Get Health Care Coverage open enrollment ends December 15th, which means you have NINE DAYS left to sign up to get quality, affordable health care for 2018 if you don’t get insurance through work or another source.

Visit to shop, compare, and see if there’s a plan that will meet your health care needs and save you money. Financial assistance is available, and most people find plans for between $50 and $100 per month. 

Call 1-800-318-2596 or visit  for assistance. And Jeff encourages everyone to spread the word in your communities so that Oregonians know that now is the time to access affordable health care for 2018.   

Visit to sign up >>

Fighting for a Tax Plan that Works for Working America

As Congress debates a tax bill that could affect the lives of each and every one of you, Jeff is fighting to ensure that the plan works for working Americans -- not for special interests and powerful corporations. During the Senate floor debate, he was the only Senator to successfully pass an amendment to strip out a special interest provision. Jeff’s amendment took out a loophole called the Devos Tax Earmark that would have provided a tax exemption intended for just one college in the nation, a private college called Hillsdale College that is heavily funded by the family of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Jeff is sounding the alarm that if the bill that recently passed in the Senate becomes law, it will haunt working Americans for decades to come. Under this bill, many Oregon families would pay hundreds or thousands of dollars more in taxes each year to give more than a trillion dollars to corporations and hundreds of billions to the richest Americans. Under one version of the plan, it could stop work on nearly  in Oregon over the next decade.

To add insult to injury, this bill attacks health care for the middle class by knocking 13 million Americans off of insurance and driving up premiums for millions more.

The House and Senate now need to merge their two bills. Jeff is encouraging every American who believes in the “We the People” vision of our democracy to stop this bill before it gets to the President's desk.

Read Jeff’s op-ed in The Oregonian here >>

Ensuring Rights for New Moms in the Workplace

No woman should have to choose between her job and breastfeeding her baby. That’s why last month Jeff introduced the Supporting Working Moms Act, which would expand protections ensuring that all women can pump breast milk while at work.

Ensuring that new mothers returning to the workplace have the option to continue breastfeeding is good for business and good for families. Employers that provide support for breastfeeding mothers experience lower health care costs, lower rates of absenteeism, and better retention of experienced employees.

Jeff successfully passed a law providing a guarantee of a clean, private space for nursing moms who are paid by the hour. With this bill, all new mothers will be empowered to make their own choices, rather than being constrained by outdated workplace policies.

Read more about the Supporting Working Moms Act here >>

Calling for a Full Wildfire Funding Fix

After fires raged across Oregon and upended communities, Jeff was extremely disappointed that the most recent proposed disaster response bill from the Trump administration was insufficient to prevent a repeat of 2017’s funding squeeze for wildfire funding.

Currently, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies must raid funding from other programs to pay for wildfire suppression during bad wildfire years when suppression costs exceed the budgeted cost for fighting fires. This contributes to a vicious cycle in which fire prevention programs are shortchanged and large, costly wildfires become more common.

Following the release of the draft government funding bill, Jeff reiterated his call for a full, long-term fix to wildfire suppression and prevention funding. It would be incredibly irresponsible to go another season without reforming our broken system of funding wildfire suppression for once and for all. Jeff will continue to work to treat megafires like the natural disasters they are.

Read more about Jeff’s call for a full fire funding fix >>

Removing a Public Health Threat

Jeff believes it’s outrageous that in the year 2017, asbestos still has not been banned in the United States. He is working to change that by introducing the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act. This legislation, named after a victim of mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, would eliminate human or environmental exposure to asbestos, a known carcinogen that kills over 15,000 Americans each year.

Asbestos is still legal in the United States, even though it has been banned in most other developed countries. Jeff is trying to catch the U.S up to the rest of the developed world by removing this dangerous public health threat once and for all.

Read more about the Ban Asbestos Now Act >>

Thank you! 

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