Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Positions Available

Three committee positions available for Oregonians to advise Marketplace

The Governor’s Office is seeking applications from representatives of Oregon tribes, assister organizations, health insurance companies, and HealthCare.gov customers to fill three positions on the board that advises the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and will become vacant in February 2018.

The position is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for a term of two years.

The committee advises the Marketplace, part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, about outreach, customer feedback, and insurance plan affordability. The committee also develops policy recommendations at the request of the Governor and DCBS. These functions are vital to the Marketplace, which helps Oregonians enroll in and use health insurance through HealthCare.gov and other programs.

Interested candidates must submit the following information to the Governor’s Office by Nov. 1, 2017:

Application packets may be mailed to Executive Appointments, Office of the Governor, 900 Court St. NE, Salem OR 97301-4075. Candidates can email their application materials toexecutive.appointments@oregon.gov.

People of diverse backgrounds and individuals from all areas of the state are encouraged to apply.

Members should be able to regularly attend committee meetings, contribute to policy discussions about the future of health care in Oregon, and spend one to two hours each month preparing for meetings, which are held the last Thursday of the month in Salem.

For more information, see the committee’s website at https://go.usa.gov/xNwEC.

Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace



Letter Writing Guide

Want to write a letter to your legislators, but aren’t sure how? Check out this great letter writing guide!

This document is designed to help you get into contact with your legislators. Sometimes this is done when we want our voices heard on a specific issue and sometimes it is just to let them know about us. One of our greatest powers as parents is our voice and our stories. These stories help make personal the positive impact Head Start has on our families to our politicians. Many appreciate letters from us. This document has contact information and a form letter.

Tips for Advocacy

Here are some tips shared by Karelia Harding around advocacy

  • Be flexible about what is defined as “winning”
  • Always consider the next move, next year
  • Do not burn bridges
  • The best advocates have relationships that go beyond advocacy
  • Debate is not only inevitable, it is healthy
  • be a “team player” and do not get mired in your own importance
  • Read everything, try to go to all meetings- 90% of success is just showing up
  • Help when you can, even if it’s not something you would normally do
  • if you do no work, you don’t get to complain
  • Spread your message everywhere you go and take advantage of opportunities
  • Evaluate regularly whether participation is still worth it and if the benefits continue

Persuasion and Creating Relationships

  • Know as much as you can about your target
  • Meet with them where they are
  • Be friendly, helpful
  • Be sure what you want to say, practice
  • Get it down to an “elevator ride”
  • NEVER make anything up- there is nothing wrong with saying “I’ll get back to you on that” and make sure you follow through
  • Understand that sometimes the answer is no