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DHS news release

January 25, 2008

Contact : Jim Sellers 503-945-5738

Program Contact: Karen House 503-945-6254

The reservation list Oregon Health Plan opens on Monday at 7 am


On Monday at 7 am, a call center of 60 lines will start receiving calls from low-income adults Oregonians who want to put their names on a list for possible coverage of health care.


Operators staff the phones 12 hours a day, Monday through Friday, until 29 February. After this, a computer will randomly select names from the reservation list, and those elected will receive application forms for the Standard benefit package of health plan.


The first 3,000 applications will be mailed in March, and dwindling numbers will be sent in subsequent months.


"Hopefully, by the end of February, tens of thousands of Oregonians have put their names on the reservation list," said Jim Edge, state Medicaid director in the Department of Human Services Oregon (DHS). "The Standard plan has less than 19,000 beneficiaries enrolled at this time, compared to the 132,000 beneficiaries who had at its maximum enrollment m omentum."


The Standard plan for low-income adults who are not eligible for traditional Medicaid coverage, which currently has a budget sufficient to cover an average of 24,000 people for two years. The largest program of the Oregon Health Plan, known by the name of OHP-Plus, is always open for elderly, blind, disabled, under 19 and recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This program covers about 350,000 people.


With 60 lines enabled, callers to the center diractamente talk with an operator or hear a message that may respond asking to call back or giving the required information (full name, address and date of birth). In addition to the phone lines, those interested can also get an application form at the offices of DHS, fill an application form from the DHS website http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ , use email or send the request from the officiating post. Options:

  • Call 1-800-699-9075 or 503-378-2666 (in the Salem area) or 503-378-7800 (TTY for hearing impaired), and ask them to put your name on the list. Starting Monday, This line will be open weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm, Pacific Time. Anyone can call on Behalf of Others. You only need to give full name, address and date of birth. Between The call will take 10 and 20 minutes. 
  • Send the required information: full name, address and date of birth, email standard.rese​rvation @ state.or.us or mailed to Oregon Health Plan, PO Box 14520, Salem, OR 97309-5044.

The call center employees speak English, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese, and use a translation service to handle calls in other languages. Every week confirmations will be sent to people who sign up on the list.


The Standard benefit package covers physician services, prescription drugs, chemical dependency services and mental health services, emergency medical services and limited dental benefits, hospital and vision. Beneficiaries pay monthly premiums of $ 0 to $ 20, depending on income and the number of people in the family.


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