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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Contacts

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Oregon Medicaid

Increased federal investments through ARRA funding means that Oregon state dollars will make up a smaller portion of the spending for this important safety net.

Oregon contact: Jim Scherzinger, Department of Human Services
E-mail: jim.scherzinger@state.or.us
Telephone: 503-945-5865

Federal contact: Barbara Richards, associate regional administrator, CMS
E-mail: SEARODMCH@cms.hhs.gov 
Telephone: 206-615-2326
Federal Web site: http://www.recovery.gov/ 

Family Health Insurance Assistance Program (FHIAP)

Approximately $4 million in ARRA funding will allow the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program to continue assisting thousands of Oregon families pay the monthly premium for high-quality, private health insurance plans.

Oregon contact: Kelly Harms, Office of Private Health Partnerships
E-mail: kelly.r.harms@state.or.us 
Telephone: 503-378-2503
Oregon Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OPHP/pages/index.aspx 

Federal contact: Barbara Richards, associate regional administrator, CMS
E-mail: SEARODMCH@cms.hhs.gov 
Telephone: 206-615-2326
Federal Web site: http://www.recovery.gov/

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - food stamps)

SNAP helps low income families access the nutritious food they need to maintain good health. In July 2009, 325,979 Oregon families received food stamp benefits.

Oregon Contact: Vic Todd, Department of Human Services
E-mail: vic.todd@state.or.us 
Telephone: 503-945-5633
Oregon Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/assistance/foodstamps/foodstamps.shtml#apply

Federal contact: Sandra Clark, USDA
E-mail: sandra.clark@fns.usda.gov 
Telephone: 703-305-2495 Federal
Web site: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ 

Health insurance for unemployed Oregonians

Oregonians who lost their jobs between September 1, 2008, and December 31, 2009, and worked for businesses that offered health insurance became eligible for health insurance premium assistance beginning March 1, 2009. Like COBRA benefits, employees pay part of the insurance premium and employers pay the balance knowing they will be reimbursed by the federal government with refunds or credits against their payroll taxes.

Oregon contact: Department of Consumer & Business Services - Insurance Division
E-mail: cp.ins@state.or.us 
Telephone: Lisa White 503-947-7269 ​or Dennis Kuckartz 503-947-7223

Federal telephone: 866-444-EBSA (3272)
Federal Web site: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/cobra.html 

Aging Nutrition Services

DHS will receive approximately $1.1 million in ARRA funds to  disperse to the 17 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs). The monies will pay for congregate  nutrition services (usually through nursing homes), home-delivered nutrition  services such as Meals on Wheels, and nutrition services for Native Americans  60 years and older.

Oregon contact: Elaine Young, Department of Human Services
E-mail: elaine.young@state.or.us 
Telephone: 503-373-1726

Federal contact: Terry Duffin
E-mail: terry.duffin@aoa.gov 
Telephone: 206-615-2298
Federal Web site: http://www.recovery.gov/ 

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The TANF program provides assistance to low-income families with children with employment, housing, child care and other factors affecting family stability while the family works to become self-sufficient. The number of families receiving TANF cash assistance benefits statewide has increased 22.7 percent since February 2008.

Oregon contact: Eric Moore, Department of Human Services
E-mail: eric.l.moore@state.or.us 
Telephone: 503-945-5737
State Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/assistance/cash/tanf.shtml

Federal contact: Frank Shields
E-mail: frank.shields@acf.hhs.gov
Telephone: 206-615-2569
Federal Web site: http://www.recovery.gov/ 

Child care

An ARRA increase in funding for the Child Care and Development Fund helps 12,000 families each month pay for suitable child care.

Oregon Contact: Eric Moore, Department of Human Services E-mail: eric.l.moore@state.or.us
Telephone: 503-945-5737
State Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/Pages/childcare/index.aspx​

Federal contact: Patricia Fisher, Senior Financial Management Specialist
E-mail: patricia.fisher@acf.hhs.gov
Telephone: 206-615-2565
Federal Web site: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/

Vocational rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation serves Oregonians who have barriers to acquiring or retaining employment. The Independent Living Program provides services to persons with disabilities through local programs called Centers for Independent Living so they can continue living independently.

Oregon Contact: Stephaine Taylor, Department of Human Services
E-mail: stephaine.taylor@state.or.us
Telephone: 503-945-6201
State Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/vr/index.shtml

Federal contact: William Bethel, CFO
E-mail: william.bethel@ed.gov
Telephone: 202-245-6775
Federal Web site: http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml

Health information technology (HIT) systems

Administrative and competitive grants will be used to expand the use of electronic health records and the exchange of health information among health care providers to support better quality of care.

Contact: Ree Sailors, Office of the Governor
E-mail: ree.sailors@state.or.us
Telephone: 503-378-6549

Federal contact: Karen M. Bell, MD, MMS, director, Office of Health IT Adoption,
Office of the National Coordinator
E-mail: Molly.Smith@cms.hhs.gov
Federal Web site: http://www.recovery.gov/

Prevention and Wellness Fund

Competitive grants will continue to be awarded for evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies.

Contact: Bill Coulombe, Department of Human Services
E-mail: william.j.coulombe@state.or.us
Telephone: 971-673-1290

Federal contact: Sheila Conley Telephone: 202-690-7084
Federal Web site: http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/Pages/index.aspx

Community service employment for older Americans

Oregon will receive $350,000 to serve low income persons age 55 or older who have poor employment prospects. The program provides useful community services and fosters individual economic self-sufficiency through training and job placement in unsubsidized jobs

Contact: Elaine Young, Department of Human Services
E-mail: elaine.young@state.or.us
Telephone: 503-373-1726

Federal contact: Judith Gilbert
E-mail: gilbert.judith@dol.gov
Telephone: 202-693-3938
Federal Web site: http://www.recovery.gov/