Medication initiative approved for ballot.Byline: David Steves The Register-Guard
SALEM - Oregonians without drug coverage could get big savings on their medications under an initiative approved Wednesday for the fall ballot.
The determination that enough signatures had been gathered signaled a small victory for chief sponsor and state Sen. Bill Morrisette. The Springfield Democrat has pushed for years for the state to bulk purchase drugs so the savings could be passed along to uninsured consumers.
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2. to move it to this point. This is the launching pad, so to speak, for a very much expanded program," said Morrisette, one of two chief petitioners for the measure. He pushed for passage of a 2003 bill that launched bulk-purchasing by the state for low-income seniors without drug coverage and government entities. Two years later, Morrisette's efforts to expand the program to all Oregonians without drug coverage met insurmountable opposition from lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry.
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The initiative would expand the existing Oregon Prescription Drug prescription drug Prescription medication Pharmacology An FDA-approved drug which must, by federal law or regulation, be dispensed only pursuant to a prescription–eg, finished dose form and active ingredients subject to the provisos of the Federal Food, Drug, Program, which saves eligible Oregonians up to 60 percent on medications through discounts and rebates.
By buying drugs in bulk, the state program is able to bargain for below-market prices.
The program is now open to anyone 54 and older who earns less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level - about $19,100 for a single person.
It's also open to local schools, governments and state agencies that buy prescription drugs.
The initiative would eliminate age and income requirements and abolish waiting periods, which would open up the program to more than 750,000 Oregonians who don't have health insurance or don't have a drug benefit in their plan.
The measure was one of several proposed for the ballot dealing with rising costs of health care and the growing ranks of Oregonians without medical insurance.
Only two such proposals made it to the state Elections Division with petition signature sheets by the July 7 deadline. And of those, the drug-coverage is the first - and could be the only - one to win approval for the Nov. 7 ballot. The other measure, which declares health care a fundamental right and requires the Legislature to expand coverage, is considered a long-shot to make the ballot because of the relatively low number of petition signatures submitted.
"This might be the only health care measure on the ballot," said supporter Maribeth Healey, executive director of the labor-backed Oregonians for Health Security. "But it's such a great opportunity for Oregonians to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and have something positive to vote for."
Morrisette co-sponsored the initiative petitions along with AARP AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan national organization dedicated to "enriching the experience of aging"; membership is open to people age 50 or older. Founded in 1958 by Ethel Percy Andrus as American Association of Retired Persons, AARP now has over 30 million of Oregon Director Jerry Cohen cohen
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A drastic volume increase in a specific security. of contributions from labor and others to hire paid signature gatherers and a mass mailing of petitions to AARP members in the final month before the signature turn-in deadline produced a surge of more than 70,000 signatures, supporters said.
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INVALID. In a physical sense, it is that which is wanting force; in a figurative sense, it signifies that which has no effect. the signatures that didn't meet legal scrutiny - including those that came from individuals who signed multiple times or weren't registered voters - the Oregon Elections Division determined that 83,409 were valid. That exceeded the 75,630 signatures required for the measure.
News of the initiative's ballot approval reached Healey, Morrisette and other supporters as they were wrapping up a media event in Portland on the topic of prescription drug costs. At the event, Gov. Ted Kulongoski Theodore R. "Ted" Kulongoski (born November 5 1940, in rural Missouri) is an American Democratic politician. Since 2003, he has served as the Governor of Oregon. He was re-elected in 2006. announced Oregon and Washington would be joining their state bulk-purchasing programs to form the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium. The new entity was touted as a means of combining and increasing the two states' clout to negotiate for deeper discounts from the drug industry.
The same event also highlighted a report called the Oregon Blueprint blueprint, white-on-blue photographic print, commonly of a working drawing used during building or manufacturing. The plan is first drawn to scale on a special paper or tracing cloth through which light can penetrate. , which was published by the Heinz Family Foundation and released Wednesday. It said Oregon could save up to $17 million per year by consolidating the
purchase of prescription drugs, ensuring more transparency (1) The quality of being able to see through a material. The terms transparency and translucency are often used synonymously; however, transparent would technically mean "seeing through clear glass," while translucent would mean "seeing through frosted glass." See alpha blending. and accountability in prescription-drug purchasing contracts, and doing a better job of coordinating drug utilization and using management tools.