DHS news release
January 15, 2008
Contact : Jim Sellers, 503-945-5738
Program Contact : Roger Staples, 503-945-6498
To all those who wish to enroll in the Oregon Health Plan: Beware of scammers!
Oregon Citizens wishing to enroll in the reservation list of the Oregon Health Plan that will open on January 28 next should be careful and refuse to give your Social Security number if someone ordering by phone.
According to Jim Edge, director of Medicaid, Department of Human Services of Oregon, "the state will telephone to invite anyone to join, and it is not necessary to give the SSN to be on the list. If someone phones him and asks for your Social Security number, do not give it. "
According to Edge, a Clackamas County woman told a social worker that county that someone phoned saying it was a state worker and asked for his Social Security number. Edge says he does not know where the call originated or if that person had criminal intent, but we must be very careful if someone asks for your personal information.
To put your name on the reservation list Package OHP Standard benefit, all you have to give it its full name, date of birth and address. The Social Security number is optional to join the list, but will be required to fill out the registration form.
For the first time since mid-2004, the state is preparing to accept new registrations for the benefit package OHP-Standard. As of January 28 next, people who wish to enroll in the health plan may be logged in the reservation list by any of the following methods:
• Request a form from any DHS office. Fill it out and present it at a DHS office or fax it to 503-373-7866 or 503-378-6295.
• Call toll-free 1-800-699-9075 Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm (Pacific Time). The Salem-area residents can call 503-378-2666. The call will take between 10 and 20 minutes.
• Send the requested information by email to standard.reservation @ state.or.us .
• Send the required information by mail to Oregon Health Plan, PO Box 14520, Salem, OR 97309-5044 .
No reservations will be accepted before January 28 or after 29 February. The people selected at random from the reservation list will receive an application by mail and must fill it out and send it in within 30 days. In the coming months will enroll about 10,000 people.
The number of participants in the Standard plan (budget which covered an average of 24,000 people for two years) was reduced sufficiently to allow the registration of more beneficiaries.
The benefit package includes OHP-Standard services provided by doctors, prescription drugs, mental health and chemical dependency, emergency medical services and a limited amount of benefits dentist, eye doctor and hospitalization. Enrollees pay a monthly premium of $ 9 to $ 20, depending on your income and the number of people living in the home, unless their income is less than 10% of the federal poverty level.
The benefit package OHP-Plus (which is always open) accepts the elderly, blind, disabled, under 19 years of age or persons receiving payments for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF) .
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