OHSU recently expressed its opposition to the American Health Care Act and its impact on Oregonians’ access to care. Today, OHSU must share its concerns about the President’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – especially as it affects the Medicaid program and funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
As Oregon’s academic health center, OHSU provides leadership in health policy when the health and well-being of Oregonians are at stake. As a public institution and a statewide resource, we strive to be thoughtful and constructive in how we do this. We work hard to find solutions. It is therefore disappointing to have to oppose a piece of federal legislation, but the American Health Care Act leaves us no choice.
The holiday season is a time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year ahead. Unfortunately, many of us have heavy hearts this year in light of recent setbacks in our country in the area of diversity, one of OHSU’s core values.
OHSU is a community of people dedicated to healing others and advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Many of us choose to work at OHSU because it offers the opportunity to protect the most vulnerable in our society and improve the world around us.