Oregon to expand Rx discount program for uninsured

September 25, 2006

An initiative that will appear on the November ballot in Oregon would expand a state prescription drug program to cover all residents without drug coverage.

An initiative that will appear on the November ballot in Oregon would expand a state prescription drug program to cover all residents without drug coverage. The program, called the Oregon Prescription Drug Program, currently is limited to residents older than age 55 with incomes less than $18,130 who have not had drug coverage for at least six months. The program offers discounts of 30% to 60% on prescription medication for about 150,000 residents. If approved, the initiative, which is sponsored by state Sen. Bill Morrisette (D), would be expanded to about 600,000 uninsured residents regardless of age or income.

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