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PANOW: Your partner during Open Enrollment!

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Get covered! Between November 1st and January 15th, you can shop a range of health insurance plans and find affordable, comprehensive 2022 health coverage that works for you and your family.

Need help enrolling into a healthcare plan? Help is available!

Executive Team Appointments

Carly Hood-Ronick, Project Access NOW Executive Director, was appointed as Community Information Exchange (CIE) Workgroup Liason to the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC).

The CIE Workgroup is chartered to provide recommendations to HITOC and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on strategies to accelerate, support, and improve CIE across the state. The CIE Workgroup recommendations will inform HITOC’s Health Information Technology (IT) Strategic Plan for Oregon and OHA efforts. Learn more

 

Dele Oyemaja, Project Access NOW Director of Equity & Advocacy, was appointed to the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) Board of Directors.

The NAO is the statewide nonprofit membership organization representing and supporting charitable nonprofits of all sizes, geographic locations and missions across Oregon. Learn more

Both roles will give the PANOW Executive Team more opportunities to collaborate state-wide and improve our shared health care system.

Board Member Spotlight: Linda Lang, RN, MBA

Our staff and board members have worked hard, especially over the past year, to improve the well-being of our community and to provide support for those most underserved by our regional health care system.As part of a big THANK YOU to our hardworking team, we are highlighting another key individual this month.

Linda is Director of Quality and Population Health at Samaritan Health Services and member of the Project Access NOW Board of Directors.

Tell us a bit about yourself. What brought you to the health care field and to Project Access NOW?

I wish I could say the way I got into health care was something more noble! I was supporting myself through college and ran out of money. Fortunately, I had completed all the prerequisites required for nursing school, so I went to nursing school and became a nurse. Luckily for me, healthcare turned out to be the right field for me and, since then, I have worked in all parts the care continuum.

Working as a home health care nurse, I discovered how truly fragmented our health care system can be. I found patients didn’t understand their hospital discharge instructions (often doubling up on medications, for example) or simply did not take needed medications because they could not afford them. This was a powerful insight and a formative experience that inspired me to move into health care management. As Director of Quality and Population Health, I am able to be an advocate system-wide.

Is there a project or goal you are particularly focused on over the next year?

I’m really focused on advocacy this year. In health care, the way we approach people is so important. We must meet a person where they are, and with respect, to increase the effectiveness of care and ultimately have good health outcomes.

Project Access NOW fills gaps in our health care system and connects people to the resources, care, and services they need. Joining the PANOW Board gives me the opportunity to support the PANOW team and the great work they are doing.

I am also excited about the potential to better connect people to care through more efficient data capture and information technology. I am excited to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders and develop a stronger voice for the people we serve. I am driven to make a difference and truly be a part of correcting the inherent inequities in our health care system.

PANOW proud to contribute to trends in CCO Health-Related Service Spending

Recently, Oregon Health Authority released a report reviewing the trends in Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) spending for non-medical needs and health-related services. PANOW is proud to support Health Share of Oregon, CareOregon, Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, and Jackson Care Connect in their health-related service spending.

As part of this work, PANOW’s C3 Community Assistance Program provides responsive relief to hundreds of individuals and families needing emergency housing, eviction support, family resources, substance misuse and addition support, transportation, food, and utility assistance. During the pandemic and the 2020 Oregon Wildfires, this work has become especially vital. We understand a range of factors drive good health and are proud to be part the solution!

Read the report 

PANOW Premium Assistance Program could support continued Long-Term Healthcare Access Needs

The American Rescue Plan Act temporarily expanded tax credit eligibility for 2021 and 2022, but new research suggest that families will again face substantial financial burdens after the temporary subsidies expire. At PANOW, we know having access to healthcare is a fundamental right and work with our health system partners (Adventist Health Portland, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Providence Health & Services, Kaiser Permanente, and Legacy Health) to ensure individuals and families who don’t qualify for Medicaid can pay for and access marketplace insurance plans.

Want to learn more? Contact Project Access NOW Premium Assistance (503-345-6576 or pa@projectaccessnow.org).

Upcoming COVID-19 Events

Beaverton Resource Center – 13565 SW Walker Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson / 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and booster shots are available for eligible individuals 12 years or older. You do not need to sign up in advance but you may, by clicking “sign up” for select events. You may also reach PANOW at 503-345-7031 with questions or concerns.

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