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Measure 101—which voters will decide in a Jan. 23 special election—aims to ensure that state assessments on health insurance companies and hospitals will continue to be matched by federal dollars. These funds can be used for one purpose only: to provide affordable health care for Oregonians.

AARP Oregon is encouraging members to vote ‘yes’ on the measure. Other supporters include the Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association and Providence Health & Services.

If the measure fails, more than 350,000 Oregonians would lose health care coverage. In addition, the state would face a deficit of more than $300 million, which would gut funding for health care, long-term care, education, public safety, clean water, safe bridges and roads, job creation and more.

Go to yesforhealthcare.org to learn more about the issue and to share your story about access to affordable health care.