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Partners Needed for Community Outreach

Grants available for community-based organizations
April 4, 2013
Changes are coming in 2014 that could mean more Oregonians will have access to health care coverage than ever before. To help ensure all qualified Oregonians know what options are available for them and their families, Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority are offering outreach grants to community partners.
Cover Oregon will open in October 2013 so that people can begin applying directly through their website for coverage to take effect in January 2014. they can apply for commercial insurance and the Oregon Health Plan. Cover Oregon will have customer service representatives on hand to answer questions that applicants may have as well as insurance agents throughout the state to help people through the process.
In addition, Cover Oregon is partnering with the Oregon Health Authority on an outreach program for hard-to-reach, non-English speaking, geographically isolated, and underserved populations. As part of this program, Cover Oregon and OHA will fund community partner grants through OHA to provide local, on-the-ground outreach and application assistance for individuals and families.
Grants will be awarded in July 2013 based a competitive bid process administered by the Oregon Health Authority.
Successful grantees will work within their local communities to provide education and outreach to individuals and families about Cover Oregon and their coverage options. Grantees will also help people with the application and enrollment process to get the health coverage that is right for them, including Qualified Health Plans and public health programs like Medicaid and Healthy Kids.

Funding opportunities for community partners will be made available through OHA and posted on the state’s procurement website, the Oregon Procurement and Information Network (ORPIN). The first Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) will be posted during the week of April 8. OHA anticipates final agreements will be signed in July 2013. Grantee organizations will be chosen through a competitive RFGP process. OHA will evaluate proposals and award funds based on a proposed work plan and budget. Additional grant opportunities will be made available in early summer 2013.