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  • New Temporary Coverage for OMIP Members
    TMIP logoThere will be a safety net to help members of the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool who have not yet purchased replacement coverage for 2014, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today.

    Effective January 1, 2014, OHA will enroll all remaining OMIP members into a small and temporary program to ensure people in the high risk pool do not lose health care coverage when OMIP ends on December 31, 2013. Learn more about the new Temporary Medical Insurance Plan for OMIP members.
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  • The New Health Insurance Exchange
    Cover OregonCover Oregon is a central market place where individuals and employers will be able to shop for health insurance plans and access financial assistance to help pay for coverage. Keep informed about the progress. We will also keep you informed as we approach 2014, when these changes will take effect.​

    IMPORTANT: You must choose and apply for your new plan before December 15 and your first premium payment must be received by December 31 if you want to avoid any breaks in health insurance coverage.
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  • Health Care Reform
    Health Care ReformIf you would like more information on federal healthcare reform please visit the following links:

    Oregon Reforms: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) was created to oversee the State’s reforms and ensure they align with federal reforms.

    Federal Reforms: The federal government regularly updates its key web page on reforms and even hosts weekly web chats that are open to anyone. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also hosts the website in Spanish.​​
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  • Changes in Coverage
    Active SeniorsBeginning January 1, 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny individuals health care coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Therefore, Oregonians will have access to private market health insurance. OMIP was created to offer health insurance to Oregonians who were denied coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions. When insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, OMIP will no longer be needed to provide coverage to those individuals.

    OMIP will be working with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Cover Oregon to develop a transition plan for enrollee’s covered under OMIP. All OMIP enrollee’s will be able to enroll in coverage either through Cover Oregon, the private insurance market, or Medicaid.​
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New Temporary Coverage for OMIP Members
The Oregon Health Authority will create a short-term health coverage program for current OMIP members who have not enrolled in replacement coverage by December 31, 2013. The program will be called the Temporary Medical Insurance Plan (TMIP) and will run from January 1 through March 31, 2014.

TMIP is designed as a safety-net program that allows individuals on OMIP who have high-risk health care needs to continue receiving care as they work through the process of enrolling in a new health plan for 2014. The program will provide temporary insurance coverage to any OMIP member who has not already been determined eligible for the Oregon Health Plan or who has not completed the enrollment process to purchase new coverage through Cover Oregon or the private market for January 1, 2014.

OMIP members who have not enrolled in coverage by December 31, 2013 will automatically be enrolled into TMIP for a January 1, 2014 start date. The Oregon Health Authority will work closely with TMIP members to help facilitate the transition out of the temporary plan and into new coverage as soon as possible. Members who have already enrolled in new coverage for 2014 can opt-out of the temporary coverage by contacting the program or by not paying the January premium. Learn more about temporary insurance coverage for OMIP members.

 

Special Notice for OMIP clients about applying for new health coverage - posted 11/8/2013:

Attention OMIP Members: Use paper application to apply for health insurance

OMIP members will receive a packet in the mail with a paper application. OMIP members should fill out and send that application back no later than November 25, 2013 in order for new health coverage to start January 1, 2014 – the day after OMIP coverage ends. The OMIP program ends December 31, 2013.

Fill out and send the paper application back no later than November 25, 2013 to help ensure there is no break in your health coverage.

In the past, we asked OMIP members to apply for new health coverage online through Cover Oregon. That is no longer the case.

Cover Oregon is the state’s new health insurance marketplace. Right now, Cover Oregon's online application is not yet working. Please use the paper application to access the same health plans and financial help Cover Oregon offers online. Please do not wait to apply online. Use the paper application today instead.

If you have questions about the application process, please call us at 1-800-699-9075.

You can view the letter we sent to OMIP members.

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