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Final weeks to enroll in health insurance. Sign up at these upcoming Multnomah County application fairs.

March 31, 2014 is the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Multnomah County will hold several application fairs to help you sign up  Cover Oregon qualified health plans. Assisters and Cover Oregon certified insurance agents will be at each event to help those applying.

Oregonlive reports: Multnomah County to get specialized mental health treatment for criminal offenders

The Oregonian's Maxine Bernstein reports that Health Share of Oregon has received nearly $500,000 in grant money to set up the Multnomah County's first specialized team of mental healht professionals dedicated to treating people with severe mental illnesses who have had frequent contact with police or frequent jail stays.

Apply for health insurance on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Health Department

People needing health insurance can get help with their application on Friday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. downtown. Assisters will be on the 10th floor of the McCoy Building, 426 S. W. Stark, to answer questions, provide information and apply for application assistance.

Anyone needing interpreter requests is asked to call 503-988-2228 in advance.

The fair is sponsored by the Multnomah County Health Department, the Oregon Health Authority, Cover Oregon and NAMI Oregon.

FamilyCare Inc.'s Community Advisory Council to meet Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Portland

FamilyCare, Inc.’s Community Advisory Council will hold a public meeting from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, at the Doubletree by Hilton. The meeting will take place in  the Mount St. Helens Room, 1000 N.E. Multnomah, Portland, Ore., 97232. The agenda  will include:

• An update on FamilyCare’s coordinated care organization

• FamilyCare’s Community Advisory Council year-end review

• An innovative program to better serve members and providers

• Community Health Improvement Plan for 2014

Health Share of Oregon Community Advisory Council to meet Jan. 3, 2014

The Community Advisory Council of Health Share of Oregon will hold their monthly public meeting on Friday, Jan. 3, beginning at 12:30pm at the CareOregon office.  The meeting is on the fourth floor of Care Oregon, 315 SW 5th Avenue, in Portland, OR. The building is one block south of the SW 5th and Oak and the SW 6th and Pine MAX stations.

Cover Oregon to hold free fairs in Portland Nov. 23, 24 to sign up for health insurance

If you need health insurance to start on Jan. 1, 2014, you can attend a free Cover Oregon application fair in Portland on Saturday, Nov. 23, or on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Town hall on financial abuse offers tips, training for seniors

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17, how seniors can learn to protect themselves from financial fraud.

Experts from Multnomah County's Aging and Disability Services Division will answer questions and connect seniors ot county employees.

The town hall will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Ascension Catholic Church, 743 SE 76th Ave., Portland, OR, 97215.

For more information contact Commissioner Smith at 503-988-5218.

Learn about Cover Oregon at Oct. 16, 2013 Town Hall

Multnomah County residents are invited to a Cover Oregon Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The event, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be at IRCO, 10301 N.E. Glisan, Portland, OR 97220.

Cover Oregon is a new online marketplace where Oregonians can find and purchase health insurance.

If you do not have health insurance, or if you buy insurance on your own or own a small business with 50 or fewer eligible employees, you’ll be able to find health insurance through Cover Oregon.

Coming in October: A path to health insurance through Cover Oregon

Starting October 2013, Oregonians will have a completely new way to access health coverage through an online central marketplace called Cover Oregon.

The state of Oregon reports there are currently 560,000 Oregonians without health insurance. Nearly 400,000 will be eligible for some financial assistance under the new system.

FamilyCare Inc., works across metro area to combat obesity in children

FamilyCare Inc., which partners with Multnomah County to care for underserved residents, is working across the tri-county area to combat obesity epidemic.

In Beaverton, FamilyCare has formed an innovative partnership with the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) to promote fitness for the whole family. Thanks to this partnership, families enrolled in the pilot program have received three-month family passes that can be used at any THPRD facility in the Beaverton area.

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