Others are unemployed and don't have the means to pay a monthly health insurance premium, said Mark Jungvirt, marketing manager for the Oregon Insurance Pool Governing Board, an agency created in 1987 to help Oregonians obtain health coverage.
Seventeen percent of Oregonians are uninsured, Jungvirt
told a crowd of about 20 people Tuesday at Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort.That means more than 600,000 Oregonians are unable to pay for health care.Jungvirt
said one of the agency's programs, Family Health Insurance Assistance Program, might be the answer.
"We are not a fit for everyone, but we are for some people out there," Jungvirt
On Tuesday, Jungvirt
was sharing information about the program to representatives from public agencies, hospitals and community organizations. He
wanted to give them the information they would need to successfully refer families to the program.The agency is doing 55 training sessions in 39 locations throughout the state.
"They'll help them determine what plans fit their wants and needs," Jungvirt
About 30 percent of Oregonians are turned down by private insurance companies, Jungvirt
said.If that is the case, they can join the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool and still qualify for FHIAP
.Oregon Medical Insurance Pool is for people who are unable to obtain insurance because of health conditions.FHIAP
is renewable each year, and those who qualify can switch employers and stay in the program, Jungvirt
"There's a lot of folks who could use the Family Health Insurance Assistance