Health exchanges set to open around the state later this fall

By Kelly Ducote / The Observer July 24, 2013 11:22 am

Union, Wallowa counties have four carriers involved with exchange 

Uninsured Oregonians will be able to enroll in the state’s health exchange program beginning in October.

Cover Oregon, the marketplace program that will offer private health insurance plans, will launch this fall for insurance plans to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

“There will be a total of 46 plans available in both Union and Wallowa counties through Cover Oregon this fall,” said Lisa Morawski, communications manager for Cover Oregon. “Seventeen plans will be offered for small businesses and 29 will be offered for individuals and families.”

Four carriers–PacificSource, Moda, LifeWise and BridgeSpan–will be participating in the region.

Rates for individuals can be expected to range from $120 to $832 depending on the insured’s age, provider and level of coverage in the plan.

Morawski said Cover Oregon is in the process of training insurance agents and community partners to help people enroll. The agents will be the licensed plan sellers while the community partners are organizations that will provide support for those looking to enroll in Cover Oregon.

Between now and October, those interested should visit CoverOregon

.com, Morawski said.

“Come through Cover Oregon, fill our our online application that asks questions about where you live, what plan you’re looking for, your income,” she said. “It will determine if you’re eligible for Medicaid (via the Oregon Health Plan) or a private plan.”

Morawski said there is a tax credit calculator available on the website that will help people get an idea of the financial help they may be eligible for.

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