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Salem, OR—The Oregon Senate confirmed Gov. Kate Brown's appointees to the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Committee on Monday, Feb. 15.

The advisory committee will provide guidance and feedback to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) about issues affecting Oregon's health insurance marketplace, such as outreach, customer feedback, and insurance plan affordability. In addition, it will provide annual reports to the Oregon State Legislature and hold open meetings that provide a forum for public discussion.

"We're pleased to have such an excellent cross section of stakeholders on the advisory committee," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They will help us improve the marketplace and develop a long-term vision to ensure it continues to make a positive impact on the lives of Oregonians and small businesses."

The advisory committee consists of 13 members representing insurers, insurance agents, navigators, health care providers, businesses, consumer advocacy groups, enrollees in health plans, and medical assistance agencies. The DCBS director and Oregon Health Authority director are ex-officio members. Committee members are appointed for a two-year term.

The Oregon Senate confirmed the following committee members:

* Shonna Butler, life and health insurance broker, Tomlin Benefit Planning, Inc., Eugene
* Cynthia Condon, president, Pacific Pride Services, LLC, Salem
* Joe Enlet, organizing director, COFA Alliance National Network, Portland
* Joe Finkbonner, executive director, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Portland
* Dan Field, senior director, Community Benefit and External Affairs, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Portland
* Jim Houser, owner, Hawthorne Auto Clinic, Portland
* Lora Lawson, chief nursing officer, Curry Health Network, Gold Beach
* Sean McAnulty, Project Access Now, Portland
* Jesse O'Brien, policy director, OSPIRG, Portland
* Ken Provencher, CEO, PacificSource Health Plans, Springfield
* Shanon Saldivar, insurance agent, Revell Coy Insurance, The Dalles
* Claire Tranchese, training development manager, Oregon Primary Care Association, Portland
* Maria Vargas, outreach manager, Valley Family Health Care, Ontario

The committee will have its first meeting in March 2016. For information about the committee, visit http://www.oregonhealthcare.gov/advisory-committee...

Senate Bill 1 in the 2015 legislative session created the advisory committee, as well as closed Cover Oregon and moved its functions to DCBS in June 2015.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Oregon Insurance Division. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov

Contact Info:
Joel Metlen, 503-569-8171
Joel.c.metlen@oregon.gov

Lisa Morawski, 503-947-7873
Lisa.m.morawski@oregon.gov

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