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Portland, Oregon 97209

OCOM Awarded Grant From Kaiser Permanente

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Type III fund to provide acupuncture in their two clinic locations to low-income patients at a reduced rate.

In 2009, OCOM's clinics lowered the fee for an acupuncture treatment from $36 to $22 in response to the economic downturn. The funding from Kaiser will allow OCOM to continue offering these low-income treatments by supplementing the discrepancy between the cost of providing the treatment and the significantly lower amount paid by the patient. In addition, Kaiser Permanente funding will provide a total of eight treatments over two months for 179 qualifying individuals at the substantially below-market cost of $14 per treatment.

"We will now be able to enhance our ability to offer subsidized services to meet the growing needs of low-income patients," says Tim Chapman, OCOM's Vice President of Academic Affairs. "The grant will also allow us to provide invaluable clinical experiences to student interns serving a diverse patient population, which generally suffers from complex and debilitating conditions."

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