While the open enrollment period for private health plans ended Tuesday night, open enrollment does not apply to Medicaid or the Oregon Health Plan (OHP).
Oregonians can apply for OHP at any time of the year at one.oregon.gov, and it’s free for qualifying members. OHP members get a letter in the mail when it is time for them to renew their coverage with directions on how to renew.
Though the recent Oregon Health Insurance Survey (OHIS) found that 94 percent of Oregonians have health insurance, it also found more than 200,000 Oregonians who currently lack health coverage would qualify for OHP (which is free to members) or a marketplace subsidy (which reduces coverage costs), based on their income.
"Health insurance is the first step to peace of mind in keeping your family well," said Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen. "See if you qualify for coverage, and if you do, sign up so you can access the medical, mental health and dental care that can keep you and your family healthy."