The group represents small businesses, low-income consumers, advocates and students
December 20, 2010 – A 10-member consumer advisory group has been appointed by the Oregon Health Authority to assist staff in planning and development of a statewide health insurance exchange.
To be launched in 2014, the exchange will serve as a central marketplace for health insurance where people can compare price and quality of health plans, access subsidies so insurance premiums are affordable and enroll in health insurance.
The advisory group will provide input and feedback to make certain the exchange is consumer-oriented, meets Oregonian’s needs and will support ongoing consumer engagement and interest.
In 2011, the Oregon Health Authority is expected to develop a detailed plan for the exchange based on recommendations from the Oregon Health Policy Board.
The consumer advisory group includes:
- John Brenne, Consumer Counseling Solutions in Heppner
- Aelea Christofferson, president, ATL Communications in Sunriver
- Heather Fercho, research and health policy associate, Sisters of the Road in Portland
- Jose Gonzalez, president, Tu Casa Real Estate in Salem
- Alisha Hopper, executive director, HealthMatters of Central Oregon in Bend
- Jim Houser, owner, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Inc. in Portland
- DeLeesa Meashintubby, senior operations officer, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Eugene
- Tera Pierce, student, in Portland
- Beth Stewart, co-owner, Valley Insurance in LaGrande
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