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Family advocates say help is on the way for Oregon families strapped by the escalating cost of health care.  A couple of benefits of the Afford Health Care Act will help, but not until 2014. First, a family of four earning less than $89,000 will get a tax credit to help pay for health insurance premiums. They will also get another tax credit for out of pocket expenses on a sliding scale. That same family would have to spend $11,900 a year to get the second tax break.  “These families are terribly vulnerable to financial devastation caused by unexpected illness or injuries, and they commonly face only bad alternatives such as massive credit card debt or foreclosure.” Ron Pollock is Executive Director of Families USA, a national families advocate group. This cap won't go into effect until 2014, but he says estimates are 243,000 Oregonians will be helped. Pollock says thousands of State residents are not getting health care they need because they can't afford insurance or the cost of health care.

 

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.