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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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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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