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Prescription assistance tied to fewer ER visits for some
April 4, 2016

By Lorraine Nelson, WSU Spokane

Mason-BurleySPOKANE, Wash. – A graduate student at Washington State University Spokane is the lead author on a research paper that shows an overall drop in emergency room visits and hospitalizations by patients who are served by the Spokane Prescription Assistance Network, which helps low income people get free and reduced-price medications.

Insurance options added; some plans dropped
September 15, 2006

The state Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) approved a number of changes that will affect employees enrolled in state health insurance plans beginning Jan. 1, 2007.• New options: “Value plans,” previously requested by employees, will feature lower monthly premiums with higher co-payments and a small deductible. Traditional managed-care plans with a higher premium, lower co-payments and no deductible still will be available.• No longer available: UMP Neighborhood and Group Health Options will not be available in 2007. PacifiCare will not be available to active enrollees and non-Medicare retirees; however PacifiCare’s Medicare plan (Secure Horizons) will continue to be available.• Benefit improvements: The vision benefit will … » More …