As the former Director of Lane County's 100 Percent Access Coalition, which strives to achieve affordable and accessible healthcare for all residents of Lane County, Val has a deep understanding of our health care system and how it is delivered to Oregonians. In Salem, Val continues to be a leading advocate on issues ranging from women's health to community mental health. This year she sat on the House Healthcare Committee and the Governor's Health Transformation Team.
Here are some of the issues related to heath that Val Hoyle has championed while in office:
*Creating a health insurance exchange that will allow small businesses to purchase more affordable care for their employees and increase healthcare access to all Oregonians.
*Guaranteeing insurance companies cover partial breast reconstruction after cancer treatment surgery.
*Providing quality and necessary care for severely mentally ill Oregonians as part of a complete and comprehensive mental health system. A system that places people in the correct setting for their treatment, whether that is at a hospital level of care or in community based treatment. Val was an outspoken advocate for the plan to build a new state hospital in Junction City and close down older and less adequate facilities.
*Increased penalties for the dangerous practice of unlicensed dentistry.