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Oregon OSHA awards 3 training grants - 12/14/18

(Salem) – The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has awarded three grants totaling nearly $120,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education and training programs.

The recipients are:

Northwest Forest Worker Center: Safety and Health for Latino Forest Workers

The nonprofit group will produce a training program to help Latino forest workers in southern Oregon prevent musculoskeletal disorders.

Forest workers lift heavy objects, walk on steep and uneven terrain, and engage in repetitive motions. Such activities put them at high risk of developing injuries and disorders that affect the body’s movement. Data show that bodily reaction – which includes musculoskeletal disorders – was the third-leading cause of injury among forest workers in 2017.

The training program will be interactive, engaging workers in discussions that relate to their own on-the-job experiences. The goal is to equip workers with best practices in preventing musculoskeletal disorders as they plant trees, thin forests, and pile brush.

Grant award: $40,000

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association: Spanish First Hospitality Employee Handbook Template Tailored for Minority Employees

The association will develop an employee handbook designed for Spanish-speaking restaurant and hospitality employees and make it available in both print and digital formats. The project is intended to address the lack of such handbooks, which are often designed for workers who learned English as a first language.

By creating a culturally and linguistically appropriate employee handbook – accompanied by training – the association intends to increase communication and trust, and help Latino workers become more effective in their workplaces and reduce work-related injuries.

The association will evaluate the effectiveness of the project in several ways, including measuring the number of employers who choose to use the handbook and the percentage of businesses that identify improvements in minority employee retention and safety. 

Grant award: $39,963

SafeBuild Alliance: Strengthening Construction Safety Culture by Developing Front-Line Leaders

The nonprofit group will develop a training and outreach project that will engage construction companies and labor organizations in identifying and cultivating front-line leaders who are capable of improving workplace safety.

As the construction industry flourishes in Oregon – and as the number of retirements of front-line supervisors increases – the need to find, promote, and train potential leaders from the field of employees grows.

The training and outreach project will encompass several activities, including developing a methodology to identify emerging leaders; building on foundational safety leadership programs; and sharing findings and recommendations with the construction industry on the alliance’s website.

Grant award: $40,000

The Oregon Legislature launched the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA’s Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

 

Final week: The health insurance enrollment deadline is this Saturday - 12/10/18

(Salem) – Saturday, Dec. 15, is the last day to get 2019 health insurance during open enrollment.  

Oregonians who do not get coverage through their job or another program should visit OregonHealthCare.gov to get started. Missing the deadline could mean going a year without health insurance.

“Even the healthiest among us can face an unexpected injury or illness, along with the expensive medical bills that follow,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Health insurance reduces those costs for you, so your finances can recover as fast as your body does.”

Coverage costs less when you get financial assistance, and thousands of Oregonians qualify for it. Last year, more than 70 percent of people who enrolled in plans through HealthCare.gov got help paying their premium. This year, families of four making about $100,000 a year or less, and individuals making about $48,000 or less, may be eligible.

“If you already have coverage for 2019, tell your family or friends about the deadline,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “Everyone knows someone who either does not have insurance, or is paying too much for their plan. We suggest they visit OregonHealthCare.gov by Dec. 15.”

At OregonHealthCare.gov, users answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. They also can use a directory on the site to find a licensed insurance agent or certified community group to help them with their enrollment. 

Anyone with questions about enrolling can call the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 855-268-3767 (toll-free). The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

After the Dec. 15 deadline, people will be able to buy 2019 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they get married or lose job-related coverage.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace helps Oregonians get coverage and financial assistance through HealthCare.gov. It is a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.
 

Construction safety summit coming to central Oregon - 12/07/18

(Salem) – A two-day training conference in central Oregon will focus on the safety and health of workers in residential, commercial, and industrial construction. The Jan. 28-29 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will offer discussions of everything from fall protection and ladder safety to excavation hazards and prevention of pipeline damage.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 18th annual summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend.

The summit’s keynote speakers are Russ and Laurel Youngstrom, co-owners of Youngstrom Safety in the Seattle area. The Youngstroms are safety advocates and motivational speakers. In 1995, Russ Youngstrom, who was working for a painting company, fell from a scaffold and severed his spinal cord. The accident left him a paraplegic and changed the family’s life forever.

The Youngstroms have dedicated their lives to sharing their tragic experience in hopes that others will benefit from hearing their story. Their Jan. 29 keynote presentation, “It Won’t Happen to Me,” will emphasize the importance of personal accountability in workplace safety by offering two different perspectives on the permanent and ongoing consequences of ignoring safety precautions.

Russ Youngstrom said the attitude that ignores putting safety first can be summed up in two phrases: “It’s not worth it” and “I’ve got this.” Laurel Youngstrom said accidents affect families and friends. “You don’t want your family to get that phone call,” she said. “Being unsafe is selfish.”

The construction safety summit also offers opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits through Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board and Landscape Contractors Board. Certification and re-certification will be offered for first aid personnel and workzone flaggers. Moreover, the OSHA 10-hour training for construction certification will be offered.

The two-day summit’s other workshops include:

  • Construction A-Z. This session reviews the many hazards found in construction and demolition, and the best practices – and requirements – for correcting them.
  • Scaffold user training.
  • Planning for safety, every phase.
  • Asbestos and lead awareness.
  • Defensive driving strategies for central Oregon.
  • Hand/power tools and personal protective equipment.

Registration for pre-conference workshops (Monday, Jan. 28) is $50. Conference registration (Tuesday, Jan. 29) is $85. Registration for the OSHA 10-hour training for construction is $140 for both days.

To register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/events/2019. If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.

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About Oregon OSHA:

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

 

Five tips for the last 10 days of open enrollment; Oregonians who buy their own health insurance must enroll by Dec. 15 - 12/05/18

(Salem) – Time is running out for people who want health insurance in 2019 but do not get coverage through their job or another program. Dec. 15 is the last day to enroll. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has five tips for Oregonians who need to get or renew coverage and financial assistance. The marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

Tip No. 1: Don’t assume you make too much to get help paying for your plan. Families of four making about $100,000 a year or less may qualify. The most single people can make and qualify is about $48,000. The income guidelines rise every year, so even if you have not been eligible for subsidies in the past, try again this year. Start at OregonHealthCare.gov.

Tip No. 2: Get free, local help enrolling. Licensed insurance agents and certified community partners are ready to help you. Agents and partners are experts on the HealthCare.gov application for financial assistance. They can also guide you through your health plan options before you enroll. Choose an agent or partner in the directory at OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp, or call the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll free).

Tip No. 3: Look beyond the sticker prices. More than 70 percent of people who got coverage through HealthCare.gov last year also qualified for financial assistance. That means their coverage cost them less than the full premium. On average, they saved $421 each month off their premium. The best way to find out how much you might pay once financial help is factored in is to apply for coverage. If you want an estimate first, visit HealthCare.gov/see-plans and answer a few screening questions.

Tip No. 4: Read the fine print on deductibles. Sometimes health insurance shoppers wince when they see the deductibles that come with health plans. Deductibles are usually the amount a person with insurance has to pay for care before the health plan kicks in. The good news is that deductibles do not apply to everything. Even a plan with a deductible will cover eligible preventive care for no extra cost. Plus, all Oregon plans on HealthCare.gov with “Standard Silver” in the plan name, and some others, cover in-network office visits even if you have not paid the deductible. You pay only your co-payment for those visits and not the full cost of the visit. Check for those details when you shop, or work with an insurance agent who can look them up for you.

Tip No. 5: Don’t miss the deadline. The deadline to enroll is Dec. 15. If you miss it, you may go a year without health insurance. Avoid the risk and get started at OregonHealthCare.gov.


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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Thousands of northeast Oregon residents are likely to qualify for help paying for health coverage; people have until Dec. 15 to enroll in health insurance - 11/29/18

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians may be leaving money on the table when it comes to financial help for health insurance. According to an analysis of census data, more than 100,000 Oregonians—including approximately 5,000 people in Umatilla, Union, Baker, and Wallowa counties combined—were estimated to be eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov in 2018, but did not enroll.

Oregonians who do not get health insurance through their job or a program such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare may for qualify help paying for 2019 coverage at HealthCare.gov, but only until Dec. 15. That’s the deadline to get health insurance for next year.

“The best way to find out if you qualify for financial assistance is to apply,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Don’t assume you make too much to be eligible.”

Individuals making about $48,000 or less per year, and families of four making about $100,000 or less, may get help paying for coverage. Last year, Oregonians who chose plans through HealthCare.gov got an average subsidy of $421 per month.

“People are often surprised by how high a family’s income can be and still get a subsidy to buy insurance at HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

To apply, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 and answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. Or you can search the “get help” directory on the site to find an insurance agent or community partner who can help you complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge to the client.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Thousands of North Coast residents are likely to qualify for help paying for health coverage; people have until Dec. 15 to enroll in health insurance - 11/29/18

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians may be leaving money on the table when it comes to financial help for health insurance. According to an analysis of census data, more than 100,000 Oregonians—including approximately 9,000 people in Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties—were estimated to be eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov in 2018, but did not enroll.

Oregonians who do not get health insurance through their job or a program such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare may for qualify help paying for 2019 coverage at HealthCare.gov, but only until Dec. 15. That’s the deadline to get health insurance for next year.

“The best way to find out if you qualify for financial assistance is to apply,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Don’t assume you make too much to be eligible.”

Individuals making about $48,000 or less per year, and families of four making about $100,000 or less, may get help paying for coverage. Last year, Oregonians who chose plans through HealthCare.gov got an average subsidy of $421 per month.

“People are often surprised by how high a family’s income can be and still get a subsidy to buy insurance at HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

To apply, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 and answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. Or you can search the “get help” directory on the site to find an insurance agent or community partner who can help you complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge to the client.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Thousands of Lane County residents are likely to qualify for help paying for health coverage; people have until Dec. 15 to enroll in health insurance - 11/29/18

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians may be leaving money on the table when it comes to financial help for health insurance. According to an analysis of census data, more than 100,000 Oregonians—including approximately 14,000 people in Lane County—were estimated to be eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov in 2018, but did not enroll.

Oregonians who do not get health insurance through their job or a program such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare may for qualify help paying for 2019 coverage at HealthCare.gov, but only until Dec. 15. That’s the deadline to get health insurance for next year.

“The best way to find out if you qualify for financial assistance is to apply,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Don’t assume you make too much to be eligible.”

Individuals making about $48,000 or less per year, and families of four making about $100,000 or less, may get help paying for coverage. Last year, Oregonians who chose plans through HealthCare.gov got an average subsidy of $421 per month.

“People are often surprised by how high a family’s income can be and still get a subsidy to buy insurance at HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

To apply, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 and answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. Or you can search the “get help” directory on the site to find an insurance agent or community partner who can help you complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge to the client.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

 

Thousands of Deschutes County residents are likely to qualify for help paying for health coverage; people have until Dec. 15 to enroll in health insurance - 11/29/18

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians may be leaving money on the table when it comes to financial help for health insurance. According to an analysis of census data, more than 100,000 Oregonians—including approximately 6,700 people in Deschutes County—were estimated to be eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov in 2018, but did not enroll.

Oregonians who do not get health insurance through their job or a program such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare may for qualify help paying for 2019 coverage at HealthCare.gov, but only until Dec. 15. That’s the deadline to get health insurance for next year.

“The best way to find out if you qualify for financial assistance is to apply,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Don’t assume you make too much to be eligible.”

Individuals making about $48,000 or less per year, and families of four making about $100,000 or less, may get help paying for coverage. Last year, Oregonians who chose plans through HealthCare.gov got an average subsidy of $421 per month.

“People are often surprised by how high a family’s income can be and still get a subsidy to buy insurance at HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

To apply, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 and answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. Or you can search the “get help” directory on the site to find an insurance agent or community partner who can help you complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge to the client.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Thousands of Multnomah County residents are likely to qualify for help paying for health coverage; people have until Dec. 15 to enroll in health insurance - 11/29/18

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians may be leaving money on the table when it comes to financial help for health insurance. According to an analysis of census data, more than 100,000 Oregonians—including more than 32,000 in Multnomah County—were estimated to be eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov in 2018, but did not enroll.

Oregonians who do not get health insurance through their job or a program such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare may for qualify help paying for 2019 coverage at HealthCare.gov, but only until Dec. 15. That’s the deadline to get health insurance for next year.

"The best way to find out if you qualify for financial assistance is to apply," said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "Don’t assume you make too much to be eligible."

Individuals making about $48,000 or less per year, and families of four making about $100,000 or less, may get help paying for coverage. Last year, Oregonians who chose plans through HealthCare.gov got an average subsidy of $421 per month.

"People are often surprised by how high a family’s income can be and still get a subsidy to buy insurance at HealthCare.gov," said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

To apply, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 and answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. Or you can search the "get help" directory on the site to find an insurance agent or community partner who can help you complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge to the client.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Thousands of Oregonians are likely to qualify for help paying for health coverage; people have until Dec. 15 to enroll in health insurance - 11/29/18

(Salem) – Thousands of Oregonians may be leaving money on the table when it comes to financial help for health insurance. According to an analysis of census data, more than 100,000 Oregonians were estimated to be eligible for subsidies through HealthCare.gov in 2018, but did not enroll.

Oregonians who do not get health insurance through their job or a program such as the Oregon Health Plan or Medicare may for qualify help paying for 2019 coverage at HealthCare.gov, but only until Dec. 15. That’s the deadline to get health insurance for next year.

“The best way to find out if you qualify for financial assistance is to apply,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Don’t assume you make too much to be eligible.”

Individuals making about $48,000 or less per year, and families of four making about $100,000 or less, may get help paying for coverage. Last year, Oregonians who chose plans through HealthCare.gov got an average subsidy of $421 per month.

“People are often surprised by how high a family’s income can be and still get a subsidy to buy insurance at HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace is a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services and is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.

To apply, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 and answer a few Oregon-specific questions to get to the right application for them. Or you can search the “get help” directory on the site to find an insurance agent or community partner who can help you complete the application and enroll. Insurance agents and community partners provide local, one-on-one assistance at no charge to the client.

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.