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DHS news release

Jan. 25, 2008

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738

Media briefing: State opens Oregon Health Plan-Standard reservation list Monday

The Oregon Department of Human Services will hold a media briefing Monday, Jan. 28, at 12:30 p.m. at the Salem call center in the Parkway building, 2850 Broadway, N.E. Reporters will be able to interview the DHS director, community partners and people planning to get their names on the reservation list, and photograph call center operators at work.

Story: Tens of thousands of Oregon adults are expected to begin putting their names on the state's reservation list Monday in hopes of receiving an application for the Oregon Health Plan's Standard benefit plan. This is the first time since June 2004 that the Standard plan will be open to new enrollments. The Standard plan is for low-income Oregonians who do not qualify for traditional Medicaid coverage.

What: Briefing for journalists about the Jan. 28-Feb. 29 opportunity for low-income Oregonians to put their names on a reservation list. From that list, names will be randomly drawn beginning in March to receive applications for the Oregon Health Plan's Standard benefit plan.

When: Monday, Jan. 28, at 12:30 p.m.

Who: Available for interview will be:

  • Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director of the Oregon Department of Human Services.
  • Several community partners who are helping with outreach.
  • People who are planning to put their names on the reservation list.

Where: Parkway building, 2850 Broadway N.E., Salem. (The building is across the street, east, of the Fred Meyer shopping center.) Parking: Visitor parking is available in the Parkway building lot; if those spaces are full, there is additional parking in a lot behind McDonald's. Phone (if you get lost): 503-378-5372.

Photography: Journalists will be able to photograph phone operators in the call center. You are asked not to photograph computer screens, which may contain Social Security numbers and other personal information.

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