Measure 44

Explanatory Statement

Ballot Measure 44 modifies the eligibility requirements for Oregon residents to participate in the Oregon Prescription Drug Program. The program intends to make prescription drugs available to participants at the lowest possible cost through negotiated price discounts.

The current program is limited to Oregon residents who are: a) at least 54 years old; b) earn less than 185% of the federal poverty level (currently $18,130 per individual); and c) have not had private prescription drug coverage for the six months preceding application to the program.

Ballot Measure 44 expands the Oregon Prescription Drug Program by removing eligibility requirements so that all Oregonians without prescription drug coverage regardless of age or income may participate. Participation in the Oregon Prescription Drug Program is voluntary. Medicare Part D prescription plan enrollees would be eligible to join.

Participants receive a card to use at participating pharmacies to purchase prescription drugs at the discounted price.

Committee Members: / Appointed by:
Gerald J. Cohen / Chief Petitioners
Maribeth Healey / Chief Petitioners
Don Stecher / Secretary of State
Jim Thompson / Secretary of State
Lynn Lundquist / Members of the Committee

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215.)


Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722