Coming later this fall, Cover Oregon’s online health insurance marketplace will allow small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to provide their employees with the broad selection of easy-to-compare medical and dental plan options. Employers will also have the option of contributing a set dollar amount toward their employee’s health insurance coverage and letting their employees shop on Cover Oregon for the insurance company and plan that best meets their needs. Once enrollment is complete, Cover Oregon is responsible for billing, reconciliation and renewal activity. Instead of receiving multiple bills from various carriers, the employer will receive a single monthly bill from Cover Oregon, easing administrative burden and costs.
To help reach as many Oregonians as possible, ten Oregon-based business associations have been awarded year-long bBusiness Organization Grants, totaling more than $604,000. These grantees will reach out to their members and to other small businesses across the state through meetings, videos, collateral, social media and other community approaches. Grantees will explain the benefits and advantages of using Cover Oregon, the choices that exist for offering health insurance options to employees, as well as help employers identify the business tax credits for which they may qualify. Additionally, each association will invite members to provide feedback about Cover Oregon so that the marketplace can continually strengthen small business resources. The grantees are as follows:
1. Oregon Trucking Association, Statewide
2. Small Business Majority, Statewide
3. Main Street Alliance, Statewide
4. Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, Statewide
5. Oregon Native American Chamber, Statewide
6. Oregon Microenterprise Network, Statewide
7. Oregon Business Association, Statewide
8. Marion-Polk County Medical Society, Marion and Polk
9. Keizer Chamber of Commerce, Marion and Polk Counties
10. Klamath Chamber of Commerce, Klamath County
“Many businesses want to provide insurance for their employees or help their employees find insurance that works for them but have found the process to be cumbersome. Cover Oregon gives businesses an easy, cost –effective way to offer unprecedented choice to their employees,” said Amy Fauver, Chief Communication Officer at Cover Oregon. “We are excited to work with the grant recipients as they serve their communities”.
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