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Grant-funded community groups and insurance agents get set to help Oregonians enroll in health coverage - 09/11/18

(Salem) – The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has awarded more than $795,000 in grants to eight community groups and 34 insurance agencies. The awardees will use the grants to publicize the upcoming health insurance open enrollment period, and to help Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov and other programs.

For most people who buy their own health insurance, open enrollment is the only time of year to sign up for a health plan or switch plans. Open enrollment for 2019 coverage will run from Nov.1 through Dec. 15.

“Every year more Oregonians enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov,” said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “The dedication and expertise of partners like these grantees help make that possible.”

The state selected grantees after a competitive 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 a total of $457,265 in grants are:
• Asian Health & Service Center, Portland
• Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – Community United Funds and the OR-COFA Project, Portland and Salem
• Cascade AIDS Project, Portland
• Centro Latino Americano, Eugene
• Interface Network, Salem
• Northeast Oregon Network, La Grande
• Project Access NOW, Portland
• Rinehart Clinic, Wheeler

Insurance agents—called partner agents—receiving a total of $338,000 in grants are:
• Aaron Burns Insurance, Eugene
• Abel Insurance Agency, Coos Bay, Gold Beach, Florence, and Newport
• Bancorp Insurance, La Pine
• Barlow Insurance, McMinnville
• Bennett Insurance Agency, Enterprise
• Boone Insurance Associates, Eugene
• Bredimus Insurance Agency, Salem
• Carney Insurance, Ashland
• Central Financial Services of Oregon, Bend
• Chehalem Insurance Associates, Newberg
• Country Financial, Sisters
• Exchange Insurance Services, Hillsboro and St. Helens
• FG Insurance, Portland
• HE Cross Company, Portland
• Health Insurance Place, Grants Pass
• Health Plans in Oregon, Portland
• HealthPlans NW, Milwaukie
• Healthwise Insurance Planning, Portland
• Heathy, Wealthy & Wise, Portland
• High Desert Insurance, Bend
• iCover Oregon, Albany
• Insurance Lounge, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Medford, and Grants Pass
• Pacific View Financial, Salem
• Klamath Financial, Klamath Falls
• Linda Dugan Insurance, Astoria
• Matthew Woodbridge Insurance, Salem
• Pfaff-Karren Insurance, Independence
• Premier NW Insurance, Oregon City and Sandy
• Revell Coy Insurance, Hood River and The Dalles
• RJS & Associates Insurance Services, Philomath
• The Health Insurance Store, Roseburg
• The Simmons Agency, Hermiston
• Tomlin Benefit Planning, Eugene
• Valley Insurance, La Grande

Community partners and insurance agents help Oregonians sign up for insurance and apply for financial assistance. Their help is free of charge. To make an appointment with a partner or agent, go to OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp.

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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.

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