ORS 735.722¹
Family Health Insurance Assistance Program
  • eligibility for participation
  • selection of administrator

(1) There is established the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program in the Office of Private Health Partnerships. The purpose of the program is to remove economic barriers to health insurance coverage for residents of the State of Oregon with family income less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, and investment and savings less than the limit established by the office, while encouraging individual responsibility, promoting health benefit plan coverage of children, building on the private sector health benefit plan system and encouraging employer and employee participation in employer-sponsored health benefit plan coverage.

(2) The Office of Private Health Partnerships shall be responsible for the implementation and operation of the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program. The Administrator of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, in consultation with the Oregon Health Policy Commission, shall make recommendations to the Office of Private Health Partnerships regarding program policy, including but not limited to eligibility requirements, assistance levels, benefit criteria and carrier participation.

(3) The Office of Private Health Partnerships may contract with one or more third-party administrators to administer one or more components of the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program. Duties of a third-party administrator may include but are not limited to:

(a) Eligibility determination;

(b) Data collection;

(c) Assistance payments;

(d) Financial tracking and reporting; and

(e) Such other services as the office may deem necessary for the administration of the program.

(4) If the office decides to enter into a contract with a third-party administrator pursuant to subsection (3) of this section, the office shall engage in competitive bidding. The office shall evaluate bids according to criteria established by the office, including but not limited to:

(a) The bidder’s proven ability to administer a program of the size of the Family Health Insurance Assistance Program;

(b) The efficiency of the bidder’s payment procedures;

(c) The estimate provided of the total charges necessary to administer the program; and

(d) The bidder’s ability to operate the program in a cost-effective manner. [Formerly 653.805; 2003 c.128 §1; 2003 c.683 §4; 2003 c.784 §12; 2005 c.238 §6; 2005 c.262 §6; 2005 c.727 §6; 2005 c.744 §24a]

Note: See note under 735.720 (Definitions for ORS 735.720 to 735.740).

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 735—Alternative Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors735.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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