Health Insurance Coverage
Most health insurers in Oregon have agreed to waive co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles for:
- COVID-19 testing
- An in-network provider office visit or a visit to an in-network urgent care center to be tested for COVID-19
- An emergency room visit to be tested for COVID-19
- Immunization for COVID-19, should it become available
Regular terms of insurance such as co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles will still apply for other parts of a visit to a healthcare provider. For more information, contact your health insurer and visit the Department of Consumer and Business Services website.
Oregon Health Plan
Those who are uninsured should apply for Oregon Health Plan coverage, which fully covers the cost of getting tested for COVID-19 if they need it. If you have had a change in your employment, you may qualify for health coverage through Oregon Health Plan even if you have been denied in the past.
Federally Qualified Health Clinics
If you need coronavirus testing and do not qualify for Oregon Health Plan, you may be able to see a clinician through a Federally Qualified Health Clinic.
Healthcare Marketplace Special Enrollment Period
- Visit HealthCare.gov to see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, Medicaid, or CHIP.
Emergency-Only Coverage for Undocumented Residents*
According to the Oregon Health Authority, undocumented residents can be tested for COVID-19 or seek medical treatment for COVID-19 and get coverage through the emergency-only coverage benefit, officially known as Citizen/Alien Waived Emergency Medical (CAWEM). This coverage includes facility and professional services in emergency rooms and subsequent hospitalizations when deemed appropriate and necessary.
Public Charge Rule*
On March 13, 2020, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services announced it will not consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge determination. This includes if your care is paid for by Medicaid, also known as the Oregon Health Plan.
*Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. Individuals who are concerned about whether and how receipt of public benefits might affect their immigration status should ask for help from an immigration attorney.
Food Access and Hunger
Work and Unemployment
Visit the State of Oregon Employment Department Website for COVID-19 information for workers and employers or to file an unemployment claim.