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Healthcare rollout getting more local attention


Little by little, more people are contacting Cover Oregon Educator Donna Medica with questions about Oregon’s version of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

After an empty question-answer session at the North Plains Public Library on Nov. 1, Medica’s offered two presentations that drew a total of three people.

At her next question-answer session, three people came, but were “very irate,” Medica said. “They were mad at President Obama and they couldn’t get to him so I was the nearest target. I did calm them down and answered their questions and asked them to come to a real presentation.”

She had more luck with a presentation at the Forest Grove Curves, where about 15 people listened attentively, took notes — and more than half took applications when they left, she said.

Apart from any scheduled presentations, Medica said, a number of people have either called or approached Medica at the library with questions about Cover Oregon.

To contact Medica, call 503-647-5051. She is offering future question-answer sessions and presentations at:

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, Forest Hills Golf Course, 36260 S.W. Tongue Lane in Cornelius

1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Jessie Mays Community Hall in North Plains

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, Forest Grove City Libary, 2114 Pacific Ave.

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Cornelius City Hall, 1355 N. Barlow St.

1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, Forest Grove City Library.

2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Forest Grove City Library

In addition, state Sen. Betsy Johnson said a legislative committee will be holding a healthcare-related hearing in the state capitol in Salem Wednesday, Nov. 20. People can track what’s happening through the Oregon Legislative Information System at olis.leg.state.or.us/, she said.

Betty Campbell contributed to this story.

Healthcare Application Fair this weekend

Fair in downtown Portland offers expert help in applying for coverage

Cover Oregon is offering a free, two-day Application Fair in Portland to help people apply for Oregon’s version of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, at the DoubleTree Portland, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St.

Cover Oregon staff will process the applications and inform applicants by mail about their amount of financial aid, said Cover Oregon spokesperson Ariane Holm. People who complete applications at the fair this weekend will receive that information in time to choose and enroll in a plan by Dec. 15, ensuring they will receive coverage by Jan. 1, Holm said.

To register online for a specific time slot at the fair, go to coveroregon.com and click on the Application Fair link. People can also print out an application from the site and fill out as much information as possible before attending the fair, ensuring faster service.

People who have not already filled out the form before coming to the fair should bring along their social security number and information on their employer, income, self-employment deductions, alimony, student-loan interest, IRA contributions, tuition/fees, etc. Also bring the policy number and plan name of any current insurance, as well as information about any coverage available through your employer.

Individuals earning up to $45,900 a year and a family of four earning up to $94,000 a year can all qualify for financial help. For more information, call 1-855-268-3767.