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Oregon Building Codes Division adopts energy-efficient code for commercial structures - 11/14/18

(Salem) – The State of Oregon has launched a new optional energy-efficient code to help achieve increased energy efficiency in commercial structures.

This week, the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard was approved by the Building Codes Structures Board and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use throughout Oregon.

The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.

“This continues Oregon’s national leadership in providing innovative construction regulatory options. The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses,” Building Codes Division Administrator Mark Long said. “Providing businesses with an additional regulatory path helps Oregon meet our overall energy-efficiency goals.”

The code is a statewide alternate method, which provides additional options for Oregon businesses.

“Oregon is fortunate to have the ability to make these efficient options available to industry working through our advisory boards,” said Long. “This is another example of regulatory success in Oregon.”

The code is based on a federally recognized energy standard that establishes robust, but achievable, construction standards that align with Oregon’s energy goals. The standard also  includes a fully programmed online tool, allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.

Builders who want to use the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard will document compliance with the standard using an Oregon-specific tool and Architecture 2030’s Zero Code Energy Calculator to help designers identify potential renewable energy sources to improve efficiency. The information will be recorded as part of the permit file for the building.

Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard statewide alternate method.

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The Building Codes Division (BCD) adopts statewide construction standards, which ensure a uniform and predictable regulatory environment in Oregon. For more information, visit www.oregon.gov/bcd.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Beware of health insurance surveys offering gifts for personal information - 11/14/18

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has issued a cease-and-desist order against Helen Kyung Lee and Joany Inc., also known as Impact Health Inc., for forging consumers’ signatures on insurance documents, which violates the Oregon insurance code. The department, through its Division of Financial Regulation, is pursuing fines and seeking to revoke the licenses of Lee and Joany Inc.

 

Lee and Impact Health Inc. offered consumers a $50 gift card for filling out an insurance survey through either Facebook or Craigslist. The survey required consumers to provide a copy of their health care identification card with a valid effective date and member number. Lee, or representatives of Impact Health Inc., then forged consumers’ signatures on a form that identifies the consumers’ insurance agent, also known as an agent of record form. This allowed Lee to receive commissions from insurance companies without the consumers’ consent or knowledge.

 

Approximately, 1,600 Oregonians completed the survey in 2017, and more than 900 agent of record forms were filed as a result. The division has attempted to contact several consumers who filled out the survey. At least 12 have confirmed that their signatures were forged, and that they did not ask Lee nor Impact Health Inc. to be their agent. 

 

“The division takes attempts to deceive both consumers and companies that serve Oregonians very serious,” said Andrew Stolfi, insurance commissioner. “We encourage everyone to be on alert for attempts like this to dupe consumers and businesses for financial gain, and to contact our consumer advocates if you believe you have been harmed.”

 

The division wants anyone that filled out a survey from Impact Health Inc. to do two things:

  1. Contact your insurance company to confirm it has the correct agent on file for you. If you filled out the survey, but do not have an agent, confirm that your insurance company does not have one listed for you.
  2. Oregonians who learn that the agent of record is not correct, contact the division’s consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) to report it.

 

This was a multi-state scheme. If you live outside Oregon and filled out a survey from Impact Health contact your state's insurance department to report it.

 

The division believes similar efforts exist to obtain consumers’ personal information. Be mindful of these schemes, and avoid them with these steps:

  • Be suspicious of offers to receive gift cards or similar prizes for providing personal information. If it seems too easy to earn a prize, it is probably a trick. 
  • Do not give out your personal information by phone, email, or text. Government agencies, insurance companies, banks, and credit unions typically do not ask for this information unprompted.

 

To learn more about protecting yourself and your finances visit, dfr.oregon.gov.

 

Oregonians who have questions, concerns, or problems with an insurance or financial services company, agent, or broker can contact a consumer advocate at 888-877-4894 (toll free).

 

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'Speak up. Work safe.' video contest opens to Oregon high school students - 11/01/18

(Salem) – High school students across Oregon are invited to let their video skills shine for a good cause: increasing awareness about workplace safety for young workers.

The annual “Speak up. Work safe.” video contest is now open for submissions. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: “Speak up. Work safe.” The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Participants are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves – and their co-workers – from getting hurt on the job.

Submissions will be judged on certain criteria, including:

  • An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
  • Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
  • “Speak up. Work safe.” theme is used effectively

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Videos can be submitted online or mailed.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2019, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

For contest information, including rules, tips, entry forms, workplace safety and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to https://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.

 

Attached Media Files: Video contest poster
Gov. Kate Brown and other state leaders encourage Oregonians to see if they qualify for help paying for health coverage - 11/01/18

(Portland) – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown this morning marked the beginning of open enrollment, the six-week period to sign up for individual and family health insurance. In a kick-off event at the Asian Health and Service Center, Gov. Brown and other Oregon leaders encouraged people to check whether they qualify for financial help with their health insurance. Financial help for people who buy their own insurance is available only through HealthCare.gov, also known as the marketplace.

“I want to take us from 94 to 99 percent access to health care for adults,” said Gov. Brown. “The marketplace is an important way to get there. Eighty percent of Oregonians who are currently uninsured are eligible for either the Oregon Health Plan or financial assistance through the marketplace.”

Open enrollment lasts through Dec. 15.

People who are uninsured or who may be paying too much for their coverage should apply for financial assistance through the marketplace. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, the state-based partner to HealthCare.gov, works to ease the enrollment process.

“We train and support community groups and insurance agents all around the state who are ready to help people, help them fill out their application, help them understand their options, help them pick a plan,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is a division of DCBS.

Last year, more than 70 percent of Oregonians who enrolled in plans through HealthCare.gov qualified for help paying for coverage. For 2019 coverage, individuals making $48,560 or less, and families of four making $100,400 or less, may qualify. Financial help can be significant. For 2018 coverage, Oregonians who qualified for financial help got plans with an average premium of $138.

Once open enrollment ends Dec. 15, people will be able to buy insurance plans only if they have a qualifying event, such as losing other coverage, getting married, or having a baby. Oregonians should go to OregonHealthCare.gov to get started, or to find free, local help enrolling.

Media event TODAY: Gov. Kate Brown and other leaders to kick off Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment TODAY - 11/01/18

WHAT:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon's U.S. senators, and representatives from the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will announce the beginning of open enrollment today in Portland. A media availability will follow.

Open enrollment is the health insurance sign-up period for people who buy health insurance for themselves and their families. It runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. For people who don’t get coverage through their job or another program, it is most likely the only time to sign up for 2019 health insurance and get help paying for coverage at HealthCare.gov.

WHEN:    
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018; 10-11 a.m.

WHERE:    
Asian Health & Service Center
9035 SE Foster Road Portland
Parking is available in the lot behind the building.

Reporters outside the Portland area, watch the livestream online:
Facebook.com/ORMarketplace

WHO:      
The speaker lineup for the event includes:
•    Gov. Kate Brown
•    U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
•    U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
•    Holden Leung, chief executive officer, Asian Health & Service Center
•    Chiqui Flowers, administrator, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace
•    Cameron Smith, director, Department of Consumer and Business Services
•    Sean Snyder, enrollment assister, Project Access NOW
•    Henri Cross, insurance agent, HE Cross Company

VISUALS:
Visual materials will be on display and provided on USB drives for media.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

MEDIA RSVP: Email Elizabeth Cronen, elizabeth.m.cronen@oregon.gov

 

UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Brown, Sen. Wyden, and Sen. Merkley to kick off Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment on Nov. 1 - 10/30/18

WHAT:

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and representatives from the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will hold a press conference to announce the beginning of open enrollment. A media availability will follow.

Open enrollment is the health insurance sign-up period for people who buy health insurance for themselves and their families. It runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. For people who don’t get coverage through their job or another program, it is most likely the only time to sign up for 2019 health insurance and get help paying for coverage at HealthCare.gov.

WHEN:         

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

Press conference: 10-11 a.m.

WHERE:       

Asian Health & Service Center

9035 SE Foster Road Portland

Parking is available in the lot behind the building.

WHO:            

The speaker lineup for the event includes:

  • Gov. Kate Brown
  • Sen. Wyden
  • Sen. Merkley
  • Holden Leung, chief executive officer, Asian Health & Service Center
  • Chiqui Flowers, administrator, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Cameron Smith, director, Department of Consumer and Business Services
  • Sean Snyder, enrollment assister, Project Access NOW
  • Henri Cross, insurance agent, HE Cross Company

VISUALS:

Visual materials will be on display and provided on USB drives for media.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

Get health insurance information and enroll in coverage next month in Hood River and The Dalles - 10/26/18

(Salem) – Insurance experts will be on hand in the Columbia Gorge region Nov. 7 and 8 to help people understand insurance, apply for help paying for coverage, and enroll in coverage. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and partner Revel Coy Insurance will hold “Health Insurance 101” workshops and host two enrollment events.

The events come early in open enrollment, the six-week period when people who buy their own insurance can choose a health plan and see if they qualify for help paying for it through HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

Hood River, Wednesday, Nov. 7:
Health Insurance 101 will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the local Columbia Gorge Community College campus, Room 1.202, 1730 College Way, Hood River. Register online at https://web4.cgcc.cc.or.us/CE/detail.asp?CourseID=1093076

Enrollment assistance will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. at Providence Hood River Hospital, 810 12th St. in Hood River. No registration is required for enrollment assistance.

The Dalles, Thursday, Nov. 8:
Health Insurance 101 will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the local Columbia Gorge Community College campus, Room 3.101, 400 E Scenic Drive, The Dalles. Register online at https://web4.cgcc.cc.or.us/CE/detail.asp?CourseID=1093075

Enrollment assistance will be available from 3 to 6 p.m. at Celilo Cancer Center, Room Columbia A, 1800 E 19th St., The Dalles. No registration is required for enrollment assistance.

All of the events in Hood River and The Dalles are free.

Attendees planning to enroll in coverage should bring the following household information:
* Social Security numbers and birth dates
* Immigration documentation, if applicable
* Employer and income information
* Federal tax information
* Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance, if any

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov, and is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit OregonHealthCare.gov.

 

Get health insurance information and enroll in coverage Nov. 6 in Bend - 10/25/18

(Salem) – Insurance experts will be on hand at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend next month to help people enroll in health insurance and apply for help paying for coverage. In addition, staff from the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will hold a “Health Insurance 101” workshop for those who want to learn more about choosing and using coverage.

The event comes early in open enrollment, the six-week period when people who buy their own insurance can choose a plan and see if they qualify for help paying for it through HealthCare.gov. Open enrollment runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

Event details:
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6
Times: Health Insurance 101 will run from noon to 1 p.m.
Enrollment assistance will be available from 1 to 3 p.m.
Place: OSU-Cascades, 1500 SW Chandler Ave., Tykeson Hall Rm 209, Bend

“Anyone needing health coverage – students and community members alike – can walk in and meet one-on-one with an insurance agent or another expert,” said Hannah Kuehl, health advisor at OSU-Cascades.

Local groups Mosaic Medical and Latino Community Association of Central Oregon will provide application assistance. Insurance agents from High Desert Insurance and Central Financial Services of Oregon also will help people choose plans and enroll.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is hosting the event in partnership with the college and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Attendees planning to enroll in coverage should bring the following household information:
* Social Security numbers and birth dates
* Immigration documentation, if applicable
* Employer and income information
* Federal tax information
* Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance, if any

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov, and is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit OregonHealthCare.gov.

Pulp, paper industry safety conference coming to Portland - 10/25/18

(Salem) – Workers, contractors, and employers in Oregon’s pulp, paper, and forest products industries are invited to attend a Nov. 27-30 conference designed to highlight best safety and health practices in their respective fields. Topics covered include hazard recognition, fall protection, chain saw training, chemical safety, and personal protective equipment.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the 28th annual Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland.

John Martin, who runs Martin Safety Solutions of Charleston, S.C., will deliver the keynote presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 27. A 35-year veteran of the construction and manufacturing industries, Martin will discuss his experience with an industry safety failure that left him in a hospital burn unit for more than five months.

Martin said people are responsible for their own safety, and the safety of their fellow workers.

“The importance of my presentation is to share my life-changing consequences from my accident – which was preventable – that continue to affect my family and fellow workers to this day,” he said.

The four-day conference also will feature exhibits, company safety meetings, roundtable discussions, and workshops. Sessions include:

  • Foundations of safety leadership
  • Fatigue at work: Causes, impacts, and solutions
  • You are too strict, you are too lazy: Different generations in the workplace
  • Basic rigging training
  • Innovations in the timber industry
  • Body mechanics: a leading cause for muscle stress

The registration fee is $285 to attend the full conference. The fee for one day – Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday – is $95. It is $40 for Friday. To register, go to safetyseries.cvent.com/wppf18.

If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.

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About Oregon OSHA:

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.