Marion and Polk counties

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The open enrollment period for purchasing private insurance either through Cover Oregon or outside of the marketplace is about to come to an end for 2014. An application must be completed and submitted no later than March 31, 2014 in order to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (private insurance)....
As April 15 approaches, we are happy to share some good news about taxes. In Oregon and Southwest Washington, free tax preparation is available for low- and moderate-income people.
Thriving as a caregiver The Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon presents a rotating series designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (or other dementias), their families, and/or caregivers to help navigate their journey through Alzheimer’s. The series will help to...
  The meme “Keep Calm and Carry On” has spread around the internet inspiring a million different variations. Though a bit played out now, I couldn’t help but think about "Keep calm..." when reading this Mail Tribune article about Cover Oregon.  
Keeping kids and their lungs healthy is something we can all get behind. This law, enacted on Jan. 1, protects children 18 and under from second hand smoke in the car.  Kudos to law makers on this one! Get information to help quit smoking here: www.quitnow.net/oregon/
211info is thrilled to be one of the nonprofits selected to participate in Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program. In case you haven’t heard, all you have to do is:
Holiday parties and family events can be fun for kids and parents. With lots of adults around, kids are often the center of attention and this can be both exciting and stressful for children. Here are some thoughts on what you might expect from kids at different stages in development, and some...
With the holiday festivities surrounding us and the glimmer of a new year dawning, New Year resolutions are beginning to be on everyone’s minds. Whether it is hitting the gym more, quitting unhealthy habits, or spending more time with our loved ones, people are considering how they can start...
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At the very heart of health reform efforts is the notion that we are all stronger when individuals, linked together in communities, are healthier and cushioned from the financial woes of catastrophic illness. Here’s a story that illustrates that idea:
This post is brought to you by the 211info Women’s Health program funded by the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division.
The holiday season can be tough on our military families, especially those who have deployed family members. Here are two opportunities 211info would like to share that can provide support and cheer for these important and often overlooked families.
There’s a lot going on with health insurance and keeping track of it all can be confusing. That’s why we cut out the clutter and boiled down the most important facts.
A barely-audible voice came through the receiver. The man was hesitant to speak, but when he did you could tell each word brought immense pain. As the conversation went on, it turned out the man on the phone only had two teeth. And at the root of both teeth were abscesses, throbbing and red. It was...
Faith leaders from across Oregon are starting a mail writing campaign to fund emergency shelters.  Family homelessness grew by 17% between 2011 and 2013 and yet state emergency shelter and assistance funding is 25% less than it was in 2007. Recognizing this injustice, faith leaders are acting...