Insurance Agencies and Community Groups Poised to Help Oregonians Enroll in Health Insurance This Fall
(Salem) -- The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded outreach and consumer-assistance grants to six nonprofit groups and 31 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants, totaling $645,135, to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period and help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs. Open enrollment this year runs from Nov.1 through Dec. 15.
"Open enrollment is just six weeks this year, so having a network of skilled, trusted professionals help people sign up for coverage is more important than ever," said Jean Straight, acting director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "The Marketplace grants support this network."
The state selected grantees after a competitive application process. Applicants were judged on multiple criteria, including their demonstrated ties to community networks, ability to reach underserved populations, and capacity to serve consumers whether they are eligible for HealthCare.gov plans or other programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare.
The nonprofit groups -- called community partners -- receiving grants are:
Asian Health and Service Center
Cascade AIDS Project
Northeast Oregon Network (NEON)
Performance Health Technology (PH TECH)
Project Access NOW
The Rinehart Clinic
Insurance agencies -- called partner agents -- receiving grants are:
Aaron Michael Burns Insurance Services
Barlow Insurance LLC
Boone Insurance Associates
Bredimus Insurance Agency
Central Financial Services of Oregon
Exchange Insurance Services
HE Cross Company
Health Insurance Place
Health Plans in Oregon
Health Plans NW
Healthy, Wealthy & Wise
High Desert Insurance
Insured by Gallegos
Linda Dugan Insurance
Matthew Woodbridge Insurance
Reinholdt & O'Harra Insurance
Revell Coy Insurance
RJS & Associates
Secure Tomorrow Insurance
The Health Insurance Store
Thippayaphorn Om Sukheenai
Tomlin Benefit Planning
The grant award term is 12 months, with the community partners and partner agents serving consumers both during open enrollment and throughout the year.
The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, along with other divisions. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.