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 
Abel Insurance 
Bancorp Insurance 
Barlow Insurance LLC 
Boone Insurance Associates 
Bredimus Insurance Agency 
Carney Insurance 
Central Financial Services of Oregon 
Country Financial 
Exchange Insurance Services 
FG Insurance 
HE Cross Company 
Health Insurance Place 
Health Plans in Oregon 
Health Plans NW 
Healthwise Insurance 
Healthy, Wealthy & Wise 
High Desert Insurance 
iCover Oregon 
Insured by Gallegos 
Linda Dugan Insurance 
Matthew Woodbridge Insurance 
Pfaff-Karren Insurance 
Reinholdt & O'Harra Insurance 
Revell Coy Insurance 
RJS & Associates 
Secure Tomorrow Insurance 
The Health Insurance Store 
Thippayaphorn Om Sukheenai 
Tina VanPhung 
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. 

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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.

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