Essential Worker Healthcare Trust

Delivering quality health coverage to Oregon’s essential long-term care workers

Quality care for essential workers

Person-centered healthcare coverage by essential workers, for essential workers.


The pandemic has placed a spotlight on frontline workers in the long-term care sector and how they disproportionately lack access to basic healthcare needs. Even in cases where workers have employer sponsored health insurance coverage, plans are often so costly to the workers that they can’t afford to utilize the benefit. The Essential Worker Healthcare Trust will provide quality, cost-effective, holistic healthcare plans to the group of workers who have been overlooked for too long.

This benefit will be person-centered. We will support workers in taking charge of their own health, and providers in seeing the person, not the medical condition. This means:

  • Care is collaborative, coordinated, and accessible. The right care is provided at the right time and the right place.
  • Focus on physical comfort as well as emotional well-being. Treating the whole self and having integrative services at each encounter.
  • Patient and family preferences, values, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic conditions are respected and communicated in a culturally competent manner.
  • Patients and their families are an expected part of the care team, and play a role in decisions at the patient and system level. Information is shared fully with patients and family so informed decisions can be made in a timely manner.
  • Designed with employee input. User engagement data will drive the design and implementation so that we can use data informed insights to create the best plans for everyone.

We aim to collaborate with partners who want to provide quality healthcare services to our members that can educate, support, and empower them. We aim to help members navigate their benefits with the use of health education, health literacy, and healthcare system navigation tools.

The Essential Worker Healthcare Trust is sponsored by Oregon’s largest care provider union and four responsible skilled nursing facility employers.

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