The Oregon Health Plan is a state Medicaid program pioneered by then emergency room doctor, John Kitzhaber, who later became Oregon’s governor. Its objective is to make health care services available to low-income workers, especially those who are uninsured, work part-time, or employed in low-wage jobs without access to health insurance.
By January 2014, this coverage will be more available through health insurance plan providers, giving everyone better financial stability by reducing medical debts. Here are some changes that will happen:
- The waiting lists won’t be necessary anymore, so you don’t have to file a reservation. Instead, you can apply directly.
- Cover Oregon is available to anyone regardless of income. All you have to do is send a paper application to your chosen provider. This coverage includes the Oregon Health Plan, Healthy Kids, and other private insurance plans.
- The income limits will change. To qualify for the new Oregon Health Plan (OHP), your income should be exactly or below 132% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). That is, $1,322 per month for individuals and $2,709 per month for a family of four.
- Those who have OHP Standard health benefits will get an OHP Plus starting next year. Additional benefits include basic dental services, mental health care, hearing aids, physical therapy, and many more.
- Fast-track enrollment is available for those who meet the income and residency requirements of the OHP. This way, you don’t need to apply through Cover Oregon because other services have already screened you, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).Simply complete the fast-track form to enroll.
With the new Oregon Health Plan, applying for health insurance coverage is easy. Application has started this month and is ongoing, so find a reliable provider for more information. This way, you’ll start the new year with more and better medical benefits.