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A Birthday for (and with) Benefits

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007   

Salem, OR – Healthcare advocates say it's a birthday worth celebrating. The expanded Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP) is a year old this month, and thousands of Oregonians are benefiting from it. The bulk purchasing plan now allows any Oregonian, with or without prescription drug coverage, to enroll and get savings on their drug costs.

Joyce DeMonnin with AARP Oregon explains the plan allows the state to negotiate for better prescription prices.

"Our outreach efforts have been primarily for those 600,000 people in Oregon who don't have health insurance. But the program is now open to anyone, and so if you don't have the kind of insurance you need for the drugs that you're taking, this is a great program for anyone."

DeMonnin says since the expansion, the plan has grown from 5,000 to 60,000 Oregonians and they're hoping to expand it even further.

"Many people who have prescription drug coverage, not all of their prescriptions are covered. So they can get OPDP now and get discounts on prescriptions that perhaps their prescription coverage doesn't cover."

DeMonnin says the plan saves an average of $25 a prescription, and up to 60 percent on most prescription costs. Any Oregonian can register for the plan online, at www.opdp.org.


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