Since 1945, Kaiser Permanente has delivered care and coverage in the Pacific Northwest.
Currently, we care for 634,363 medical and 287,016 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Our longstanding presence and membership base has established us as one of the largest private employers in the region.
People in our communities are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and related conditions. At Kaiser Permanente, we believe the mind can’t be treated separately from the body. So, we consider mental health in our total health approach.
We support mental health policies that:
We’re concerned about the burden high drug prices impose on our members and society.
We provide our members with safe, high-quality medications at a strong value for their dollar. We do this by:
As a health plan, provider, and pharmacy in one, we have a unique perspective on the prescription drug marketplace. Our experience informs an array of policy positions designed to make prescription drugs more effective, safer, and more affordable.
Tobacco is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in Oregon and Washington state. Every year, residents of both states pay over $4.3 billion for smoking-related health care costs.
Reducing tobacco use is critical to improving the health of our communities. This is why we advocate for policies that prevent people from starting to use tobacco products and help people who are already addicted quit.
Some of our work to reduce tobacco use in the Pacific Northwest includes:
Supporting increased tobacco taxes — Taxing vaping devices and tobacco products is a proven approach to reducing smoking and vaping. Taxing slows the rate of new users, which saves lives and reduces costs to the health care system.
In 2020, Kaiser Permanente strongly supported Oregon Measure 108, which proposed a tobacco tax increase.
The measure passed, increasing taxes on cigarettes and cigars and creating a new tax on electronic cigarettes. Most of the additional tax revenues are supporting the Oregon Health Authority in paying for the treatment of sick people, especially people with mental illnesses.
Working to ban the sale of flavored tobacco — Flavors make tobacco products seem less harsh and often make them appeal to young people. We continue to support removing all flavored tobacco products from the market, including products used with e-cigarettes.
We’re a leading sponsor of the Flavors Hook Oregon Kids coalition. The coalition is working to end the sale of flavored tobacco in Oregon.
As a result of our and the coalition’s ongoing advocacy, the 2 largest counties in Oregon have passed ordinances ending the sale of flavored tobacco. We are striving to protect those wins and introduce more bans across the state.
Kaiser Permanente’s presence throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington has a positive impact on communities.
Through our care, hospitals, medical and dental buildings, and community investments, we are a major contributor to the Pacific Northwest economy. Our contributions include:
Kaiser Permanente’s model combines care and coverage. Our approach allows us to provide coordinated care that supports total health.
Our model ensures our members receive high-quality care, leading to better outcomes. This is why we are among the highest-ranked health plans in the state.
Highest rated health plans
Our commercial and Medicare health plans are rated highest or tied for highest in Oregon and Washington, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s 2024 ratings.
All our primary care medical offices have earned top-level tier 4 certification from the Oregon Health Authority. This means we meet the highest standards for providing personalized, coordinated, accessible care to our patients.
We encourage all policymakers to join us in shaping a healthier future for Oregon and Washington.
At Kaiser Permanente, our dedicated care, comprehensive services, and community partnerships are designed to empower our members and strengthen communities.
Together, we can achieve lasting health and wellness across the state.
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