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Spanish Speaking Oregonians Have Support When Enrolling For Health Insurance

Centro Latino Americano

Eugene-based Centro Latino Americano has received a grant to help people sign up for health insurance. The agency has committed to providing equity and access to underserved populations.  

For those who buy their own health insurance, open enrollment is the only time of year to sign up for new coverage or switch plans. And it can be confusing, especially when you need support in languages other than English.

Trevor Whitbread is Assistant Director at Centro Latino Americano.

“There are just simply fewer people doing enrollment work for Oregon Health Plan and qualified health plans in Spanish.”

Until now. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has funded the agency $50,000 to train staff and provide outreach and enrollment assistance in Lane, Douglas and Linn/Benton counties.

Whitbread says the majority of their work will be direct service.

“When working with our community we find that most people feel most comfortable coming in and just getting support in person.”

Open enrollment for 2019 coverage begins November 1st.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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