Health Care For All Oregon Update

Benefit Concert on May 10th!

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Let’s Celebrate at the 2024 Blues Carnaval!


Rhythm and Blues meets a Brazilian beat!

Date: Friday, May 10

Where: Aladdin Theater, Portland

Doors Open: 7 PM | Show Starts: 8 PM

VIP Event: 6:30-7:30 @ Classic Pianos

Featuring Performances:
Norman Sylvester Band: Norman Sylvester, the “Boogie Cat,” brings his soul-stirring blues & Mardi Gras Showcase direct from Louisiana. Get ready for a performance that will have you dancing and swaying to the rhythm and blues!


Bloco Alegria’s Carnaval Party: Immerse yourself in the exuberant celebration of Brazilian Carnaval with Bloco Alegria. Experience the vibrant energy, dazzling costumes, and samba beats that make Brazilian Carnaval a world-renowned spectacle.


Join us for an unforgettable night of music and cultural fusion at the Blues Carnaval. It’s more than a concert; it’s a celebration of rhythm, joy, and all that we’ve accomplished.


Tickets are available now!


Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unique musical journey. Let the rhythms take you away and celebrate with us at the 2024 Blues Carnaval. See you there!


CLICK HERE to get tickets

Other HCAO News:

Corporate Health Care’s Troubling Trajectory


Over the past few months we have seen fast and furious filings with the Health Care Market Oversight program, or HCMO. Functioning under the Oregon Health Authority, HCMO is a relatively new program that has the ability to approve or deny specific health care transactions in our state. HCAO is invested in making certain that this important program is as strong and effective as possible.


From Amazon to Optum, corporate entities are trying to gobble up health care clinics, hospitals, specialty systems, and dialysis centers in Oregon. Prior to the SCAN/Care Oregon proposal, all of the proposals submitted were approved by the Health Care Market Oversight program. Most recently, against a tide of voices against the acquisition of The Corvallis Clinic by health care behemoth UnitedHealth/Optum, HCMO approved the proposal under an emergency exemption.


Through the Health Care Market Oversight (HCMO) program, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reviews proposed business deals to make sure they will help – and not hurt – Oregon’s shared goals of health equity, lower consumer costs, increased access, and better care. The program applies to mergers, acquisitions, and other business deals that involve health care entities and meet certain criteria.


The Oregon Health Policy Board, (OHPB) is the policy-making oversight body for the Oregon Health Authority and its departmental divisions. OHPB will be conducting an educational workshop on the Health Care Market Oversight program at their monthly meeting April 9th at 8:00am.  To provide public comment at an OHPB meeting, please submit your request at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Together, we can ensure that Oregon’s commitment to equity, affordability and accessibility of health care services are protected. Learn, follow, and make your voice heard at this important meeting.

The HCAO Board is united in the commitment to build our Chapter capacity, increase our online and media presence, deepen our coalition and expand our legislative and policy acumen.  To succeed in our mission, we need YOU, to share your storiesinvest your dollars, and volunteer your time!



It’s Happening! Historic meeting of Governance Board-April 16th


Our work is paying off! The Universal Health Plan Governance Board (UHPGB) is up and operational. The Board has been confirmed by the Senate and the Executive Director and staff are in place to build and execute their work plan. You can sign up to receive alerts and updates from the Governance Board


The first meeting of the Board will be on April 16th both virtually and in person. The meeting is scheduled from 1:00-3:00pm in person at 250 Winter St NE, rm 260, Salem, OR 97301. You can register to attend and listen to the inaugural meeting of this historic Board. There will be Board and staff introductions and they will elect their first Chair and Vice Chair. You can view the complete agenda here.


You made this happen! Without the passion and commitment of HCAO volunteers, members, and advocates we would not be so close to realizing our vision of a universal health system in Oregon. This Board is the culmination of years of work, but our work is not yet done.


Your voice is needed as we help advance our values and vision with the UHPGB and holding corporate healthcare to account. Help us continue to be a strong and effective voice and become a member today!


HCAO’s 2024 Annual Membership Meeting & Conference 




HCAO’s Annual Membership Meeting & Conference is scheduled for June 8, 2024 in Corvallis. Join us to celebrate our success and build for the future!


The meeting will be a terrific opportunity for us to gather together, learn more about how the Universal Health Plan Governance Board is progressing on their work, learn new skills, and prepare to win the simplified, equitable, and affordable healthcare system we all deserve.




Spotlight On: Linda Alband


Linda currently serves as HCAO’s Director of Operations. Over the course of her 10 years of service with HCAO, she has done just about everything, from managing our finances, events, and data to helping chapters with their supplies and keeping the organization running smoothly.


Thank You, Linda! We wouldn’t be here without your hard work and dedication! Happy 10 year Anniversary!


Speak Out and Speak Up on Health Care


Kroger-Albertsons Community Review Board meetings


The Health Care Market Oversight program has convened a Community Review Board to collect input from the community on the proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons grocery chains. The community review board has two key roles:
    1. Help OHA understand how a deal could affect people and communities in Oregon.
    1. Make a recommendation about whether OHA should approve a deal to proceed as planned, apply conditions to the deal, or disapprove the deal.
The second and final meeting of this Community Review Board will be April 10, 2024: 1:30 – 3:30 pm (Pacific). As a member of the public, you are encouraged to participate.


To submit a public comment about this transaction, please email and include the word “Kroger” in the subject line of your message, or attend the Community Review Board Meeting online.


Action Around the State


HCAO Chapters are out in communities throughout the state. Help us engage with Oregonians and talk about what a universal healthcare system would mean for them. Join us at an event near you!


Faith Caucus
  • 4/17: 3pm – HCAO Faith Caucus Meeting – All are Welcome!
  • email: for zoom link
Labor Caucus
  • 4/10: 7pm – HCAO Labor Caucus Meeting – All are Welcome!
  • email: for zoom link
  • 4/10: 10am – Monthly chapter meeting at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Salem
Mid-Valley Health Care Advocates (Benton County)
  • 4/12: noon-1pm – Stand Up for Health Care at Max Square in La Grande
  • 4/9: noon – Monthly Chapter Meeting at the Episcopal Church in La Grande
  • 4/26: noon-1pm – Stand Up for Health Care at Max Square in La Grande
For more information, contact Trina at: or call/text 503.319.0592


You are critical to our success!


Our work is solely funded through the generous contributions of people like you.