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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2004
Indigent Consumers Benefit from Medco Settlement Grants


SEATTLE -- Attorney General Christine Gregoire today announced that 49 agencies statewide will receive grants totaling $695,000 from a recent settlement with Medco Health Solutions, Inc. The money will be used to benefit low-income, disabled or elderly consumers of prescription medications in Washington.

The Washington AG's Consumer Protection Division, along with 19 other states, reached a settlement with Medco Health Solutions in April, 2004. The states contended that Medco withheld critical information-such as cost savings-that patients, doctors and drug companies needed to make informed decisions about which prescription drugs to use. Medco agreed to change its business practices and pay $20.2 million to a consumer fund that was divided among the participating states.

The Medco settlement provided a one-time grant opportunity for community health clinic contractors, free clinics, rural public hospital districts and non-district not-for-profit hospitals. Grant awards, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000, are listed below.

Adams
· Columbia Basin Health Association - $20,000

Chelan
· Columbia Valley Community Health - $10,000
· Faith Lutheran Church/Upper Valley Free Clinic - $5,000

Clallam
· PAARC Clinic - $10,000

Clark
· Free Clinic of Southwest Washington - $10,000; New Heights Clinic - $10,000

Columbia
· Columbia County PHD 1 - $5,000

Cowlitz
· Cowlitz Family Health Center - $20,000

Ferry
· Ferry County PHD #1 - $10,000

Franklin
· Grace Clinic - $10,000

Garfield
· Garfield County Public Hospital District - $5,000

Grant
· Grant County PHD #5 - $10,000; Moses Lake Community Health Center - $20,000;
· Grant County PHD # 1 - $5,000

Island
· Whidbey Island PHD #1 - $10,000

Jefferson
· Jefferson County PHD #2 - $10,000

King
· Community Health Centers of King County - $15,000; Country Doctor Community Health
· Centers - $25,000; Pike Market Medical Clinic - $15,000; Puget Sound Neighborhood
· Health Centers - $15,000; Sea Mar Community Health Centers - $30,000

Kitsap
· Peninsula Community Health Services - $20,000
· Port Gamble S'Klallam Health Center - $15,000

Kittitas
· Ellensburg Community Health Clinic - $10,000

Klickitat
· Klickitat Valley Health Services - $10,000; Klickitat County PHD #2 - $10,000

Lewis
· Lewis County PHD #1 - $10,000; Valley View Health Center - $10,000

Lincoln
· Lincoln County PHD #1 - $10,000

Okanogan
· Family Health Center - $20,000
· Okanogan County PHD #4 - $5,000

Pend Oreille
· Pend Oreille County PHD #1 - $5,000

Pierce
· Community Health Care - $20,000; Neighborhood Clinic - $20,000

Skagit
· Skagit County PHD #2 - $10,000

Snohomish
· Community Health Center of Snohomish County - $30,000
· Snohomish County PHD #1 - $5,000

Spokane
· Christ Clinic - $20,000; Community Health Association of Spokane - $30,000
· N.A.T.I.V.E Project - $20,000

Stevens
· Dominican Health Services dba St. Joseph's Hospital - $15,000
· Northeast Washington Health Programs - $20,000

Thurston
· Neighborhood Free Medical Clinic - $20,000

Walla Walla
· St. Mary's Medical Center - $5,000

Whatcom
· Interfaith Family Health Center - $5,000

Whitman
· Washington State University - People's Clinic - $10,000

Yakima
· Yakima Neighborhood Health Services - $20,000
· Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic - $30,000


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