audio recording of the Cover Oregon event (8/20/13)

On August 20, 2013, three key leaders of Oregon's new Healthcare Exchange, called Cover Oregon, described their program for a standing room only crowd at the Benton County library. This 28-minute program provides an overview and excerpts from that meeting.

 Liz Baxter, board chair; Onofre Contreras, staff member, and Ralph Prows, CEO of an CO-OP non-profit commercial health plan talked about how the program will work. They also discussed what is known---and not known---about how it will function. Dr. Prows focused on how his health insurance plan differs from standard for-profit health insurance plans. Cover Oregon will accept online applications for membership and for government subsidies for Oregon's expanded Medicaid and insurance plans in October and they will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.