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Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Measure 101

Published on January 4, 2018 8:58AM

Please vote “yes” on Measure 101 to maintain funding of Medicaid. I am an optometric physician, recently retired after 28 years of practice in Tillamook. I know first-hand the importance of people having access to health insurance.

Over the years I saw numerous patients with sight-threatening eye conditions who delayed or went without regular eye health examinations or treatment because they did not have insurance. Patients with glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, cataract, eye infections, and on, who needed either acute care or ongoing care, would often go without seeing a doctor if they did not have insurance.

This, in some, cases led to people losing eyesight. And, there were children who did not get regular vision exams, leaving them without the ability to see well, and reducing their chance for success in school.

Measure 101 maintains funding for Medicaid health insurance. Additionally, if Measure 101 fails, Oregon will lose hundreds of millions of federal dollars that help fund our state Medicaid system.

Measure 101 is a referendum on House Bill 2391, which passed with bipartisan support. Please join me and vote “yes” to assure children, seniors, and people with disabilities can get the health care they need.

Eric Halperin



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