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DHS news release

 

Feb. 19, 2008

 

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738

Program contact: Karen House 503-945-6254

 

More than 66,000 names put on Oregon Health Plan reservation list so far

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After the first three weeks of accepting names, the state’s reservation list for the Oregon Health Plan’s Standard benefit package has attracted 66,296 people.

 

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), which has openings for just a few thousand new enrollees, will randomly select names to receive applications beginning in March. Low-income Oregon adults without health insurance may put their names on the reservation list through Feb. 29.

 

“This much demand to get on the reservation list is more evidence of how many Oregonians are eager to have health insurance,” said Jim Edge, state Medicaid director at DHS. “It is entirely possible the number will approach 100,000 by the time the reservation list closes.”

 

The most recent data from the state Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research estimate 15.6 percent of Oregonians lack health insurance. This includes 457,000 adults, of whom 30 percent are believed eligible for state programs. However, OHP-Standard can enroll only a limited number of adults because of budget constraints, which limit enrollment to a two-year average of 24,000 adults. Current enrollment is fewer than 18,000.

 

Meanwhile, the Oregon Health Plan’s separate Plus program is always open to Oregonians who are aged, blind, disabled, under age 19, pregnant or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits. Applications for OHP-Plus are available by calling 1-800-359-9517.

 

Any of the following means may be used to put names of low-income, uninsured adults on the reservation list for the Standard benefit plan:

  • Submit a reservation list request form online at on the DHS Web site. This is the preferred option because it reduces the expense of data entry by state workers.
  • Complete and send a hard copy of the request form to DHS. The form is posted on the DHS Web site at and is available at all DHS and Area Agency on Aging field offices, county health departments and most major hospitals and clinics.
  • Call 1-800-699-9075 or 503-378-2666 (Salem-area callers) or, for hearing-impaired callers, the TTY line at 503-378-7800, and ask to have your name placed on the reservation list. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pacific time. Someone may call for another individual by providing the individual’s full name, mailing address and date of birth.
  • Send the required information – full name, mailing address and date of birth – by e-mail to or send it by U.S. Mail to Oregon Health Plan, P.O. Box 14520, Salem, OR 97309-5044.

Edge said people should put their names on the reservation list only once, and that state eligibility workers review the list daily to remove duplicated names. If a name appears more than once, it may be because a person both phoned the state call center and later also used the Web site, for example, or because a name was added to the list by both the individual and a third party. Reports of how many names are on the reservation list do not include duplicates that were eliminated, Edge said.

 

Although people submitting request forms for the reservation list may include a Social Security number, they are not required to do so. People are required to submit a Social Security number only when applying for benefits.

 

Beginning in March, Edge said, the state will randomly select names from the list and mail 3,000 applications monthly until enrollment reaches the maximum number the budget can support. Adults enrolled in the Standard benefit plan are billed monthly for premiums of $0 to $20, depending on income and family size.

 

OHP-Standard covers physician services, prescription drugs, chemical dependency and mental health services, emergency medical services and limited dental, hospital and vision benefits.