Quit tobacco, enjoy life and save money Columbia Pacific CCO offers free ways to quit

ST. HELENS, Oregon — Just in time for National Kick Butts Day on March 15, Columbia Pacific CCO is offering free services to help you stop using tobacco products.

“Tobacco use accounts for more than 7,000 deaths annually in Oregon,” says Safina Koreishi, MD, medical director for Columbia Pacific CCO. “It is the leading preventable cause of death in America and throughout the world. Tobacco use in this area is significantly higher than the state average with more than one out of every three people in this region using tobacco products, compared to almost one out of five statewide.

“Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for you and your family’s overall health,” Dr. Koreishi adds. “Our aim is to make it easier for you quit using tobacco, enjoy a long and healthy life, and save money.”

Columbia Pacific CCO offers members additional free services and benefits
Columbia Pacific CCO members on the Oregon Health Plan (or Medicaid) qualify for a wide variety of services, include counseling, support and medications to help you stop using tobacco. Covered medications require a prescription, so members should be sure to talk with their primary care provider to find out what will work best for you.  Members are also eligible to participate in a “text to Quit” service.  The service is free but standard text messaging rates will apply.  Text QUIT to 503-831-9124 to enroll in this program. 

To help its members quit, Columbia Pacific CCO is providing benefit information and free quit kits to primary care providers, community partners and pharmacies in the region. The CCO also provides a variety of other services to help  members stay healthy, including free transportation to and from medical appointments. To learn more, visit www.colpachealth.org or call  customer services representatives at 1-855-722-8206.

About Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization
Established in September 2012, Columbia Pacific CCO coordinates health services for more than 25,000 Oregon Health Plan members in Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties. For more information about this story, contact Patti Atkins at Patti@PRPatti.com or 503-961-2535. For more information about Columbia Pacific CCO, please contact Jeanie Lunsford at lunsfordj@careoregon.org or 503-416-3626. Also visit www.colpachhealth.org.

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