Extended health coverage for children, special needs youth and adults
In a press release on Sept 28, 2022, the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services announced that Oregon received federal approval to pilot first-in-the-nation changes to the state’s Medicaid program over the next five years, including Medicaid funding for food and housing and continuous OHP enrollment for young children from birth up to age 6.
Oregon received federal approval to pilot first-in-the-nation changes to the state’s Medicaid program over the next five years. Under the agreement, Oregon would receive $1.1 billion in new federal funds to address inadequate food, housing and other root-cause issues that lead to poor health for people and families struggling to make ends meet. As part of the agreement, the federal government also approved expanded Oregon Health Plan (OHP) coverage for young children, as well as extended eligibility for youth and adults.
Oregon’s renewed waiver will allow the state to keep children enrolled in Medicaid up to age 6 — preventing gaps in coverage that can cause children to lose access to needed care in their formative early years. Oregon is the first state in the nation to receive federal approval for continuous health coverage for children under 6 years old.
Also, all OHP members age 6 and older will have two years of continuous OHP enrollment. Establishing longer continuous coverage periods will keep more Oregonians enrolled in OHP with consistent access to health, dental, and behavioral health care.
To learn more about all the changes being implemented in the Medicaid waiver and other related efforts in Oregon to transform our health system, visit http://ow.ly/RxJR50KWryi.