BEND, OR -- Changes in health insurance, and a shortened sign-up window, are making things difficult for many.
Jamie Christman, Executive VP of Community Affairs for the Bend Chamber of Commerce, says a health insurance roundtable event taking place on Monday is designed to help small business owners learn their options. "There's a lot of uncertainty around health insurance, especially for small businesses. And along with the State and the City of Bend, the Business Advocate, the Chamber, we are all hosting a roundtable that businesses can come in and get their questions answered."
Health insurance and other experts will be available for Q and A.
The event will take place Monday between 4 and 6 pm at the Deschutes Library Brooks Room downtown.
Michael Morter, Agent and Small Business Liaison for Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange, will be one of the experts on hand at the event to give advice. "When we took over from Cover Oregon, it was really important that the agency force that's out there, state-wide, really had some assurance that they were connecting with people that could really help them make a difference."
Morter says, because there are so many ongoing questions for people, it makes sense to have a personal agent to help. "I don't want someone really navigating on their own. It's confusing and if you make a mistake, it can be huge, and every community has licensed agents that are working and so the whole point is 'buy local'."
He says the current confusion regarding health insurance options is really what prompted the creation of this event. "It's a really good opportunity for people to just get some information and be able to run with it in short order. If it's group insurance, if it's larger, if it's small group, individual, really it's just to let people know 'where do I belong and what are my options in my category'?"
This Health Insurance Roundtable event is free, but space is limited, so go to bendchamber.org to pre-register.