As of January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented. You may be receiving information from the media and/or your
health insurance provider about the impacts of the Affordable Care Act. Despite the changes that will be occurring in the health care and health insurance systems in the coming months, CAREAssist will not be significantly impacted by health care reform and will continue to provide financial assistance with medical costs just as we always have.
Looking for help applying to Cover Oregon?
Contact a CAREAssist Community Partner. Help is available in every county.
Questions about health care? We've got answers.
See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.
Will I experience any changes in my health insurance?
While many CAREAssist clients will not experience any significant change as a result of the Affordable Care Act, some clients may experience change in the type of health insurance they have.
If you currently have Medicaid or the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), you will continue to have OHP. No changes should be expected.
If you currently have Medicare, you will continue to have Medicare. No changes should be expected.
For clients who currently have medical insurance through their employer, most will not experience a change in their insurance.
For clients who currently have insurance through OMIP/FMIP, you will be changing insurance providers. Some individuals may become eligible for Medicaid or OHP, while others may become eligible for insurance through Cover Oregon, the health insurance exchange. Regardless of any changes in insurance, CAREAssist will continue to provide financial assistance for premiums and copayments for medical services and prescriptions.
Please see this document for more information.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your CAREAssist case worker or HIV Case Manager.
Looking for further information about the Affordable Care Act?
Here are some resources that you might find beneficial.
Here's a very helpful video that provides an introduction to the purpose of health care reform and the affordable care act.
Healthcare.gov provides a wealth of information about health care reform.
In Oregon, the health insurance exchange is being implemented by Cover Oregon.
HIV Health Reform is hosting webinars and helpful resources.
Ryan White & the Affordable Care Act: What you need to know
The Target Center
also has helpful information and resources.
Here is Cover Oregon guidance on program eligibility based on Citizenship Status. Summary of Benefits
for Silver Level Plans available through Cover Oregon. Questions about OHP, CCOs, or Fast Track applications? Here are OHP
related resources, including the Fast-Track application
for SNAP (food stamp) recipients.
Assisting a CAREAssist client who's enrolling in OHP via Fast-Track? Read this.
Looking for information about a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO)
How is CAREAssist preparing for implementation of the Affordable Care Act?
The CAREAssist program has convened a group of community stakeholders to form the Oregon HIV Health Transformation Task Force (OHHTF). This task force is a sub-committee of the CAREAssist Advisory Group and is charged with the responsibility of informing and advising CAREAssist in policy and process changes that will occur as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Questions about the OHHTF can be directed to the CAREAssist program at email@example.com
OHHTF Meeting Minutes
October 24, 2013
September 26, 2013August 28, 2013
July 25, 2013
May 23, 2013
April 24 2013
March 28, 2013
Communications & Webinars
In mid-November, follow-up letters were sent to all OMIP clients,
urging them to contact a CAREAssist assister as soon as possible. CAREAssist also notified all existing PCIP clients
, including a Cover Oregon application.
Clients with an existing Kaiser
Prevailing Benefits policy have been notified to accept auto-enrollment.
Letters of assurance (in both English and Spanish) have been mailed to clients who are currently enrolled in OHP, Medicare,
, or an employer based
insurance program, assuring them that CAREAssist will continue to provide services in 2014.
Letter of change (in both English and Spanish) have been mailed to clients who are currently enrolled in OMIP/PCIP
, or a private policy
, informing them that they will have to enroll in OHP, if eligible, or a Silver Level Plan if they wish to maintain CAREAssist coverage.
Oregon Health Transformation & Next Steps for CAREAssist Clients (webinar held May9th, 2013)