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Maribeth Guarino
High Value Health Care Advocate, OSPIRG

Author: Maribeth Guarino

High Value Health Care Advocate, OSPIRG

Started on staff: 2020

B.A., summa cum laude, Susquehanna University; J.D. and Law & Public Policy certification, summa cum laude, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Maribeth stands up for the public interest in Oregon, working to advance the High Value Health Care campaign. A recent transplant, Maribeth is delighting in all the new hiking trails she gets to explore and photograph.

Last week, our health care advocate provided public comment to Oregon’s Bridge Plan Task Force in support of a program that preserves consumer choice when it comes to their health insurance plan. There are currently two main plans under discussion: one which would preserve consumer choice but requires reapproval every 5 years and has a longer timeline to implement, and one that would create a permanent program that restricts consumer choice which the federal government has incentivized by expediting the timeline to implement it.

The task force must make their recommendations for this program by the end of August, and the program has to be set up in about a year after that, making the time restrictions a big concern for the task force. However, that should not preclude the task force from making recommendations that prioritize the needs of Oregonians and recognize the long-term effects of the program if it limits Oregonians’ eligibility for insurance plans that fit their specific needs.

Maribeth Guarino
High Value Health Care Advocate, OSPIRG

Author: Maribeth Guarino

High Value Health Care Advocate, OSPIRG

Started on staff: 2020

B.A., summa cum laude, Susquehanna University; J.D. and Law & Public Policy certification, summa cum laude, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Maribeth stands up for the public interest in Oregon, working to advance the High Value Health Care campaign. A recent transplant, Maribeth is delighting in all the new hiking trails she gets to explore and photograph.