2015 ORS 414.839¹
Premium assistance for health insurance coverage

Subject to funds available, the Oregon Health Authority may provide medical assistance in the form of premium assistance for the purchase of health insurance coverage provided by public programs or private insurance, including but not limited to medical assistance described in ORS 414.115 (Medical assistance by insurance or service contracts). [2001 c.898 §11; 2003 c.14 §206; 2003 c.684 §7; 2003 c.735 §9; 2009 c.595 §344a; 2009 c.867 §38; 2013 c.365 §2; 2013 c.681 §51]

Note: 414.839 (Premium assistance for health insurance coverage) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 414 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Note: Sections 1 and 2, chapter 717, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1. Premium assistance for COFA islanders. (1) As used in this section:

(a) "COFA islander" means an individual who legally entered the United States under a Compact of Free Association treaty between the United States and any of the following countries:

(A) The Republic of Palau.

(B) The Republic of the Marshall Islands.

(C) The Federated States of Micronesia.

(b) "Health insurance exchange" has the meaning given that term in ORS 741.300 (Definitions).

(c) "Premium assistance" means the payment or reimbursement of premium costs for a qualified health plan and the out-of-pocket costs associated with receiving services covered by the plan.

(2) The Department of Consumer and Business Services shall develop recommendations for the creation of a premium assistance program for low-income COFA islanders to enable them to purchase health benefit plans through the health insurance exchange and to pay the out-of-pocket expenses incurred under the plans.

(3) The recommendations may include, but are not limited to:

(a) Eligibility requirements;

(b) The amount of assistance;

(c) How the assistance should be distributed among eligible individuals; and

(d) The cost and financing of the program, including whether federal funds or other funds may be available.

(4) The department shall convene an advisory group that includes COFA islanders from each of the affected communities and other stakeholders to assist and advise the department in developing the recommendations.

(5) The department shall report its recommendations to the Legislative Assembly and to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to health, in the manner provided in ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature), no later than September 15, 2016. [2015 c.717 §1]

Sec. 2. Section 1 of this 2015 Act is repealed on January 2, 2018. [2015 c.717 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 414—Medical Assistance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors414.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
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.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.