Cover Oregon receives $226 million federal grant

January 17, 2013 -- Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that Cover Oregon will receive more than $226 million in grant funding for 2013 and 2014 to help the organization become fully operational. Cover Oregon is a central online marketplace where individuals, families, and small businesses can shop for and compare health coverage options and access financial assistance, starting in October 2013. Coverage for plans purchased through Cover Oregon will be effective January 1, 2014.

The grant will cover expenses until Cover Oregon is self-sustaining beginning in 2015. The two-year award will cover costs associated with testing, training, and implementation of the IT user interface. Funding will also allow the Cover Oregon service call center to be fully staffed and trained on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and health insurance options for the individual market and small employers. Cover Oregon is one of just five states to receive a multi-year award.
 
For a detailed breakdown of Cover Oregon grant awards, visit:
http://cciio.cms.gov/archive/grants/states-exchanges/or.html
 
Read the HHS announcement here:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/01/20130117a.html

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