Eugene nonprofit gets $50K grant to help underserved enroll in health care

Staff with the nonprofit said the $50,000 grant is from the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

Posted: Sep. 19, 2018 5:26 PM
Updated: Sep. 19, 2018 7:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene-based nonprofit organization Centro Latino Americano received a $50,000 grant from the state earlier this month to help underserved people in the community sign up for health insurance.

Staff with the nonprofit said the grant is from the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

With the new grant, staff said they will be able to train four of their staff members to help people enroll in health insurance and provide outreach throughout Lane, Douglas and Linn and Benton counties.

They said this is key because the Latino community, which is the majority of the people they serve, have a hard time accessing and enrolling in health care because of the language barrier.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Laura Diaz whose been utilizing the services at the nonprofit for nearly 20 years.

She doesn't speak English and doesn't have health insurance. Diaz said the organization has played a vital role in her life and is excited for what this grant will do for her and others in the Latino community.

Diaz said if Centro Latino wasn't here, she's not sure what the Latino community would do because it's a lot of help not just in the aspect of translating things but also in the support they provide on a daily basis.

Centro Latino services are open to the public Monday through Friday right off 5th Avenue in Eugene.

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