Lane County is joining other areas of the state participating in a pilot program that expands in-home care to people with disabilities.

Oregon Project Independence originally launched in 1975, but was only eligible to people 60 and over. Services include personal care, home delivered meals, and housekeeping. Kate Scott is an Analyst for Lane County's Senior and Disabled Services.

Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley was in Eugene today (Thursday) supporting Social Security and Medicare legislation. The Senator is touring the State as part of his "Protecting the Promise to Our Seniors Tour."

Senator Merkley's tour began Wednesday in Astoria, and concludes Friday in Corvallis. He's focusing on promoting two bills affecting seniors. Merkley is a cosponsor of the Medicare Protection Act. The bill would make it difficult for Congress to raise the age eligibility for Medicare and blocks the ability to dismantle it.

The Centers for Disease Control wants to study the impact of expanding the Oregon Health Plan to more people.

Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million to study the impact of expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Marie Harvey is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at OSU. She says the main objective of the study is to link data together.