Oregon Tobacco Settlement Fund for Low-Income Healthcare, Measure 4 (2000)

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Oregon Ballot Measure 4 (2000) is an initiated state statute that creates the Oregon Health Plan Trust Fund and requires that all moneys paid to the state by tobacco products manufacturers under the Master Settlement Agreement of 1998 will be deposited into the fund.[1]

Election results

This measure failed at the November 2000 General Election.

Measure 4
Defeatedd No789,54354.8%
Yes 650,850 45.2%

Ballot title

Dedicates Tobacco-Settlement Proceeds; Earnings Fund Low-Income Health Care[2]


Senator Eugene D. Timms, Senator Lee Beyer, and Edwin Eugene Patterson


[3] Supporters believed the measure would provide for the best use of tobacco settlement money and ensures stable health care funding for uninsured children and adults in Oregon.

Some of those in favor of the measure were:

  • Oregon Nurses Association
  • Governor (until 2003) John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems


[4] The American Heart Association, The American Lung Association of Oregon and many others believed the measure should have designated funding towards tobacco-use prevention and urged voters not to pass a measure that doesn't use the money for what they consider to be its "intended" use.

Some of the others opposed were:

  • The American Cancer Society
  • Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens
  • Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
  • Housing Lobby Coalition

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