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October 2011

October 3, 2011 by  
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Oregon Prescription Drug Program Offers Discounted Medications for All Oregonians
The Oregon Prescription Drug Program joined the Washington Prescription Drug Program to form the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium. Through the combined purchasing power of the Consortium both states have benefited from substantial savings on their purchases of prescription medications. This unique program offers Oregonians uninsured, insured and underinsured the opportunity to purchase prescription drugs at deeply discounted rates. The best part, enrollment is free. The link below will take you to the home page for more information.
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The Healthy Kids Program Low or No Cost Coverage for Children
Healthy Kids provides no-cost, low-cost and full-cost health coverage options for uninsured Oregon children and teens up to 19 years of age. Coverage lasts for one full year and covers all health needs, including doctor visits, dental care, vision, mental or behavioral health services, prescriptions, and more. Children will not be turned away due to pre-existing conditions or be put on a waiting list.

No family makes too much money for Healthy Kids. Family income will determine whether a child is eligible for the no-cost, low-cost or full-cost coverage option. For example, a family of four earning as much as $67,200 a year may qualify for low-cost option.

The Office of Healthy Kids is a part of the new Oregon Health Authority, and enrollment work is done online or through the Department of Human Services offices across the state. Funding for the Healthy Kids expansion comes from a one percent premium on insurance companies and from matching federal funding for children's health insurance.

Oregon Health Kids Website
Obama Administration Shelves Long-Term Care Plan
The Obama administration has shelved a financially troubled long-term care insurance plan. Officials said Thursday the staff has been cut and it's an "open question" if the program will be implemented.

Known as CLASS, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program was created under President Barack Obama's health care law as a voluntary long-term care insurance program for workers. Doubts about its financial viability were raised early on and it has since languished in bureaucratic limbo, with Republicans in Congress pushing for repeal or defunding.

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