July 24, 2013 – Cover Oregon announced today $750,000 in grant funding that will be made available to business organizations and associations to help small businesses learn about the health insurance options available through Cover Oregon this fall.
Cover Oregon is a new online marketplace opening in October where small businesses with 50 or fewer employees can compare, select and enroll in health insurance plans all in one convenient place.
“Small businesses have struggled for too long to find a health insurance plan that meets the needs of all of their employees,” said Howard “Rocky” King, executive director of Cover Oregon. “These grants will help trusted business organizations reach small business owners to inform them about new options through Cover Oregon.”
Cover Oregon will provide clear information on a broad range of insurance plans so small businesses can make side-by-side comparisons and choose the right plan for them. The online marketplace also will allow small businesses to offer more choice to their employees. They will be able to set the amount they can pay toward premiums and let employees choose from many plans offered through Cover Oregon.
Cover Oregon will also be awarding a series of outreach and enrollment grants to community organizations, Tribes and health care providers over the coming months.
The Business Organization Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) is now open with responses due onFriday, August 9 at 5:00 pm PT.
Cover Oregon anticipates final agreements will be signed in September and outreach activities will begin in October 2103. Grantees will be chosen through a formal Request For Grant Proposal (RFGP) process. Cover Oregon will evaluate submissions and award funds based on a proposed work plan and budget.
The grant documents can be accessed here. A website refresh will be completed soon at which time, the grant documents will be found on the “Small Business” page. All questions specific to the RFGP should be directed to the contact listed in the solicitation. All questions specific to the RFGP should be directed to the contact listed in the RFGP.