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December 20, 2013 OHA Director's messages on the web
To: All OHA employees
From: Tina Edlund, acting director

Where we stand and where we’re going

"The future is always beginning now."
~Mark Strand

In this final two weeks of the year, all efforts at OHA and Cover Oregon are focused on getting people enrolled in health care coverage.

Cover Oregon is making progress enrolling Oregonians in health insurance. Nearly 30,000 Oregonians have enrolled through Cover Oregon, including an estimated 11,000 people who have chosen a private health plan, and more than 100,000 people have enrolled in OHP through fast-track.

It’s also important for people to understand, even if they do not receive private health benefits through Cover Oregon today, they can go directly to health insurance carriers to enroll for coverage that begins January 1. Cover Oregon’s website has information about all of the options available for coverage starting January 1.

The 2014 open enrollment for private plans has really just begun. People have until the end of March to enroll in these new plans with greater consumer protections and more choices than ever before. Newly eligible OHP members can enroll at any time.

We are also making sure that members of the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool do not lose coverage at the end of the year if they haven’t yet enrolled in a new plan. OHA has created a safety net program called the Temporary Medical Insurance Plan for these individuals to give them more time to make the switch.

So far, nearly 130,000 people will have health care coverage through Cover Oregon or the Oregon Health Authority. In the weeks to come, I will share more about how OHA and the CCOs are working to get ready for the new OHP enrollees.

Making this happen has not been easy, but the outcome of OHA’s and Cover Oregon’s work will reverberate through the state. Thank you for everything you have done to make it happen.

OHA on the web