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There are two parts to the annual training requirements for all assisters:
Training components must be completed annually. The training year for the Marketplace starts Aug. 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021, and is called “training year 2021 (TY2021)."
The Marketplace component of the training requirement for
all health coverage application assisters in Oregon
must be completed by Oct. 31 of each year. The training is described below by category of organization:
This training is intended for assisters that will be helping individuals, families, or both who are potentially eligible for Marketplace coverage. Even organizations that primarily assist with OHP are required to have at least one person per worksite that completes the Marketplace Assister Training. This is a comprehensive training that includes all of the information from the Marketplace Overview Training. It includes both online on-demand modules and a live webinar. All modules must be completed for certification. Certification in Marketplace Assister Training also requires a passing score of the corresponding online certification exam. If you are planning to take the Marketplace Assister Training, you do not need to also take the Marketplace Overview Training.
This training is considered a requirement to assist with health coverage applications for all assisters, even for organizations whose primary focus is OHP enrollment. The Marketplace Overview Training provides basic information about the Marketplace, including what's offered to eligible consumers, as well as how to connect with agencies that can help do a Marketplace enrollment.
At least one assister per location where your organization offers assistance must complete the full Assister Training, and every other assister must take the Overview Training, at a minimum. This is true even if you do not help clients complete Marketplace applications.
No, you do not need to register for or take both trainings. The content in the Overview Training is included in the Assister Training at more depth. You can take the Assister Training after completing the Overview Training if you want to have a higher level of Marketplace expertise.
Yes! If you took the Marketplace training in July 2020 or before, you are required to take the new training for TY2021. This is an annual training, and training is due on Oct. 31, 2020, to remain an active application assister. In addition, our training curriculum has been slightly modified from last year, so you will see new information in this year's training.
As of October 15, 2020, Refresher trainings are no longer available for the 2020-2021 training year.
Refresher Training is available to assisters who have completed the top tier of Marketplace training and passed the corresponding exam in both of the past two years. If you are wondering if you have met this requirement, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand that many assisters do not directly help people with Marketplace applications. The Overview Training is designed to help assisters understand Marketplace eligibility and to make qualified referrals when people do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan. We know that assisters want to avoid saying “no." Marketplace training will give you a “yes" if people don't qualify for OHP.
Organizations that can reasonably expect they will not encounter any consumers who are not eligible for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) may apply for an exemption to the Marketplace Assister Training requirement, which will be reviewed and determined by the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Organizations granted an exemption will still need to ensure that all assisters (even those focused on OHP) complete Marketplace Overview training. Email Rob Smith at email@example.com for more information.
If you need an assister ID and access to the ONE portal to help people apply for the Oregon Health Plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To remain an active application assister, you must complete all training requirements, including any corresponding exam. If you are concerned about this deadline, email email@example.com.
All new assisters will have the opportunity to take the Marketplace training within 30 days of hire. Future training schedules will be posted to this page and on the Marketplace Groupsite (ohim.groupsite.com).
How to register for Marketplace training
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