67,000 Oregonians were recently sent letters telling them their Oregon Health Plan coverage (or their citizen child’s OHP coverage) will end soon, because they didn’t take steps to renew their OHP application. We understand that some of the people who received those letters actually tried to renew their application by phone, by the federal healthcare.gov website, or in other ways. We also understand that some people didn’t respond to their letter because it was written in a language they don’t speak. People in this situation can contact their local Oregon Law Center or Legal Aid Services of Oregon office, or call our Public Benefits Hotline at 1-800-520-5292 for more information. Currently the state is planning to close OHP benefits for people who they think haven’t “renewed” their benefits by March 31st, 2015.
Most people in the U.S. are required to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty beginning in 2014. People who qualify for an exemption don’t have to pay the penalty.
There are many exemptions from the penalty, including exemptions for people who can’t afford insurance and for some people because of their immigration status. For further information about health insurance tax exceptions, please read the notice in this link: Exceptions to the Health Insurance Tax Mandate.