About Us

OAHU is a non-profit organization of insurance professionals dedicated to serving the public through strengthening the insurance marketplace, advocating for effective legislation, ethical leadership and professional standards, and by educating our members and the consumers they serve.

The Oregon Association of Health Underwriters (OAHU) is the state’s largest association for health insurance agents, brokers and other professionals. Our members help millions of Oregonians find, purchase and use their health care coverage, resulting in greater health and financial security. We recognize the health care system can be overwhelming for consumers who interact with it only occasionally. Through education and training programs, we enhance the ability of our membership to provide better and more complete service. Through our members’ community and political involvement we seek to improve communities throughout Oregon. Through our legislative efforts, we have fought for the rights of consumers relative to costs and the ability to continue purchasing health care and the financing for it through the private sector. Our members have a unique understanding of consumer health care needs, the perspective of business owners and the economic realities of health insurance markets.

About the Agent, Broker or Consultant

OAHU health insurance agents, brokers and consultants are highly qualified professionals who are trained and experienced in guiding individuals and employers through the complexities of choosing appropriate, affordable health plans. These professionals must be licensed by the Oregon Department of Insurance. An agent must complete continuing education in order to keep that license. Through OAHU, they keep abreast of new developments and standards in the health insurance industry, learn about new options that may better serve their clients, and, because they usually represent a number of insurance companies, can offer a wide range of options and alternatives.

The independence of the agent offers a very important distinction in that their objective is to keep the client for a lifetime. Since the client can end the relationship at any time, the agent is motivated to help the client decide on the best possible plan for his or her needs, and provide ongoing service after the sale.

OAHU believes that our members hold a unique position as an advocate for the health plan consumer and can be a valuable player in progress toward the right kind of health care reform.

Thank you for visiting our website, and please contact any of our board members for additional information.