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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Cover Oregon, the state's new health insurance exchange, handed out $3 million in grants to community organizations that work with populations that are traditionally hard to reach.

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On Tuesday, the organization hopes 18 months' worth of work will yield results.

Cover Oregon will serve as a marketplace for health insurance coverage, where people can compare coverage and prices. Those who qualify for financial assistance -- a calculation based on family income and household size -- will have to purchase plans through Cover Oregon.

Single people earning up to $45,960 per year will qualify, as will a family of four earning up to $94,200.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Oregon, one of several recipients of Cover Oregon grants, hopes to reach a client population that sees as high as half of its membership go uninsured.

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