Oregon Health Plan Terminations

This is a letter from Beth Englander, State Support Unit Attorney at the Oregon Law Center. Please read it and pass the information on to people who may get dropped from their coverage.

Dear community partner : Are you seeing clients who received a notice from the Oregon Health Plan saying their coverage will end soon?

67,000 low income Oregonians were just recently told by the state that they (or their citizen children) will lose their Oregon Health Plan coverage at the end of January or February.  Those people received a notice in the last 6 months telling them they need to go through a renewal or re-determination process in order to keep their OHP coverage.   Many of those people tried to renew or re-determine (some by going to the federal healthcare.gov website, some by trying to call OHP, some by trying to get help from their local self-sufficiency office/case worker) but are still getting a letter from OHP saying something like:

“Your Oregon Health Plan benefits are ending.  We have not received your renewal information.  Your benefits will end on  (date)”. 

Some people are getting notices from OHP in a language they don’t understand and are not sure how to respond to the notices.

The Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon are trying to help people who tried to renew or didn’t understand that they needed to renew keep their Oregon Health Plan coverage.  If you are providing services to (or assisting) a client/patient who is going to lose their OHP (or their citizen children will lose their OHP coverage) and who tried to “re-determine” or couldn’t understand what to do due to language barriers, please contact Beth Englander at the Oregon Law Center, at 503-473-8321.  

We would like to help people keep their OHP coverage.   If you or others in your organizations talk to people who received an OHP termination notice, would you please have your staff person call me at 503-473-8321?  Or direct the clients themselves to our public benefits hotline at 1-800-520-5292.   Below and attached is a letter on this topic that you could distribute to anyone who might have contact with clients who are being told their OHP coverage is ending. 

Thank you for your time. 

Beth Englander