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Aging Oregonians Look to the Future and Call for Help

January 25, 2007

A group of 50-plus Oregonians is on its way home this morning after spending a week with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. The representatives from AARP Oregon met with Oregon's congressional delegation about the importance of affordable health care and long-term financial security for the state's growing aging population. Jane Baumgarten says one of their major priorities is to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.

"It's particularly important for drugs where there's just one source for the drug and there's no competition. You need to have large bargaining power in order to help lower the price from drug companies."

Senator Wyden (D-OR) is expected to sponsor a bill in the Senate that would give Medicare bargaining power. The House has already passed a similar bill.

Jane Baumgarten adds that although the President is bringing health care issues up for national debate, the real work right now is happening on the state level.

"Oregon is very much in the forefront of health care issues right now in our own legislature."

Baumgarten notes the Oregon legislature is considering three bills this session that deal with the health care crisis.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR