Planned Parenthood Offers Last-Minute Health Insurance Enrollment Help

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is holding Last-Minute Health Insurance Enrollment Fairs on Saturday, January 30th in Portland and Hillsboro. Throughout open enrollment, which runs until January 31st, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette has been helping women in Oregon and Southwest Washington take charge of their health by providing education, resources and in-person assistance to help community members get enrolled in insurance plans. 

"Getting insurance means you can see the healthcare providers you need, when you need to, and get preventive care without a copay," said Erin Gorry, Certified Application Counselor for Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. "Accidents happen. People get sick. Insurance protects you and your family from unexpected medical bills." 

More than 48 million women have already benefited from access to fully covered women's health services thanks to the Affordable Care Act's preventive health benefits. One in seven ACA Marketplace enrollees is a woman between the ages of 18 and 34, and millions of women now have access to birth control, routine well-woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and mammograms for women older than 40 without copays or other out-of-pocket expenses. 

"As the leading women's healthcare provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington, we know firsthand how much women benefit from the historic advancements in the Affordable Care Act," said Stacy M. Cross, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. "For women, the Affordable Care Act means more affordable health care and greater peace of mind. We are here to help women figure out what to consider in choosing a health insurance plan, how to get help paying for it and how to sign up." 

WHO: Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Oregon Health Authority, CareOregon and Family Care 
WHAT: Last-Minute Health Insurance Enrollment Fair 
WHEN: 10am-3pm Saturday, January 30th 
WHERE: Self Enhancement Inc., 3920 N Kerby Ave., Portland and Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro 
RSVP: To make an appointment in English, contact Erin Gorry at 503.260.0682 or [email protected]. To make an appointment in Spanish, contact Kelly Dickens at 503.260.1630 or [email protected]. Walk-ins are also welcome. 

The community can also learn about how get covered online at PlannedParenthoodHealthInsuranceFacts.org. The website provides an overview of what the health care law, often referred to as Obamacare, means for women; a glossary of important terms related to the law and health insurance; a calculator that helps visitors get a sense of what kind of financial help they can get; specifics on what to consider as a woman choosing a health insurance plan; and a way to find local, in-person help signing up and to schedule an appointment for assistance.

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