This week, Central City Concern hit an exciting health insurance milestone. As of April 21, 2016, Central City Concern Outreach Specialists have helped more than 5,000 people enroll in the Oregon Health Plan or other affordable health coverage, or renew their coverage. Since the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid in Oregon and many other states, we have seen the great benefits for the people we’ve helped enroll.
Our outreach efforts started on October 1, 2013 and have continued steadily since then to enroll as many CCC clients, residents, and community members as possible in the Oregon Health Plan (or, if they’re over income for OHP, in other affordable health coverage).
Our full time Outreach and Enrollment Specialists Conor Gilles and Alycia Reynolds (as well as former specialists Kevin Chou, Juliana DePietro, and Eric Reynolds), supervised by Benefits & Entitlements Specialist Team (BEST) Program Manager Kas Causeya, who coordinates CCC’s outreach and enrollment program with Executive Coordinator E.V. Armitage, have done an outstanding job enrolling individuals.
Even with our incredible Specialists, efforts to help people obtain health coverage are a team undertaking that stretches across CCC programs and locations. In addition to the Specialists, CCC has staff members who are trained enrollment "Assisters," as well as many staff who have done some support work in one way or another over the last few years. Current staff members who help with OHP enrollment include Sabra Eilenstine of BEST, Angie Gaia of Risk Management, Gabi Gallegos and Sylvia Woods of Eastside Concern, Abby Lee of Hooper Detox, and Dana Schultz of Supportive Housing.
Most of the enrollments have taken place at Hooper Detox, Old Town Clinic, Eastside Concern, and CCC Housing sites, but we’ve also enrolled many people at all other CCC programs sites. Approximately 20% of enrollments have taken place through outreach at Transition Projects, Inc., Union Gospel Mission, Portland Rescue Mission, and other community partners.