Celebrating 1st Annual Retreat with Health Systems

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PANOW Hosts 1st Annual Health System Partner Retreat

Project Access NOW is a collaboratively funded organization, built as a health system partner utility fifteen years ago. Recently, members of the PANOW board and leadership team hosted the first annual health system partner retreat where we discussed our funding model, reach and impact, as well as future strategy coming out of the pandemic. Thank you to Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Health, Providence Health & Services, and Kaiser Permanente for attending and actively engaging in our collective mission!

PANOW is Hiring

We are hiring now for several positions within the Classic (Coordinated Care) Program, connecting uninsured clients to donated care.

*Featured position* Classic Program Manager

The Classic (Coordinated Care) Program works with hospital systems, specialty providers, and clinics located in the Portland Metropolitan area to connect uninsured clients to donated care. Candidates with experience in health care settings are preferred. Read the full job description.

Women’s History Month

During Women’s History Month, we are celebrating our board and staff – the vast majority of whom are women – who make our work happen every day. In a recent staff survey, 60% identified as female, 8% as nonbinary, 15% as other, and 17% as male. In addition, 61% of our board is female. Thank you, women of PANOW!

Legislative Session

A short Oregon legislative session ended Friday, March 4th. We are grateful to the Oregon legislature for acting on several bills that affect the most vulnerable in our communities. Read more about PANOW’s work in this area.

Access to Care

SB 1529 – Requires insurers to provide three primary care or behavioral health care visits annually without a co-pay.

SB 4035 – Establishes goals for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as they work through the Medicaid redetermination process.SB 4052 – Addresses the racial disparities in health care outcomes by establishing pilot culturally- and linguistically-specific mobile health units.

Public Health

SB 1554 – Studies Oregon’s public health response to the pandemic.


$400 Million Investment – Addresses immediate needs around homelessness.

HB 4123 – Facilitates a coordinated response to homelessness by creating eight, locally-led pilot programs.

SB 1536 – Eases barriers to renters accessing portable cooling devices and other heat relief during severe weather events.

Coordinated Care

HB 4150 – Creates a Community Information Exchange (CIE) Workgroup to coordinate health service delivery across the state.

Strategic Plan Feature: Access

Between 2021 to 2024, PANOW is undertaking a strategic plan which, among other things, will broadly increase access to health and insurance support services.

This means strengthening and articulating the organization’s role in the region, building ties with stakeholders and partners, and ensuring community members are able to access the full range of services needed, either through PANOW’s integrated model or through creative collaboration with external partners.

As this work progresses, we are excited to report our achievements in this and other areas.

Thank you to our board, staff, clients, and partners for your continued dedication to improving health care access regionally!

Special Enrollment Period Begins March 18

A new HealthCare.gov special enrollment period (SEP) begins March 18th

Eligible individuals, with combined income at or below 150% Federal Poverty Line, can enroll in a health insurance plan or switch plans at any time during the year, without having to experience a qualifying life event.

Our team can help collect the needed documents and ensure your application is submitted.

Call or Fax: 503-345-7031

Email: oea@projectaccessnow.org

Assistance is available in English, Spanish / Español, and Arabic /عربى

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Carly Hood-Ronick, MPA, MPH
Executive Director

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