2017 ORS 735.617¹
COFA Premium Assistance Program Fund

The COFA Premium Assistance Program Fund is established in the State Treasury, separate and distinct from the General Fund. Moneys in the COFA Premium Assistance Program Fund are continuously appropriated to the Department of Consumer and Business Services for the payment of premium costs and out-of-pocket costs through the COFA Premium Assistance Program and the costs of the department in administering the program. Interest earned by the fund shall be credited to the fund. [2016 c.94 §5]

Note: See note under 735.601 (Purpose of Compact of Free Association Premium Assistance Program).

Note: Sections 6 and 7, chapter 94, Oregon Laws 2016, provide:

Sec. 6. No later than December 31, 2017, the Department of Consumer and Business Services shall report to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to health care on the implementation of the COFA Premium Assistance Program established under sections 1 to 5 of this 2016 Act [735.601 (Purpose of Compact of Free Association Premium Assistance Program) to 735.617 (COFA Premium Assistance Program Fund)], including, but not limited to:

(1) The number of individuals participating in the program;

(2) The actual costs of the program compared to predicted costs;

(3) The results of the community education and outreach campaign;

(4) The amount remaining in the COFA Premium Assistance Program Fund; and

(5) The amount of moneys needed to continue the program through the end of the 2015-2017 biennium. [2016 c.94 §6]

Sec. 7. (1) The community education and outreach campaign conducted by the Department of Consumer and Business Services in accordance with section 3 of this 2016 Act [735.608 (Eligibility for program)] shall begin no later than September 1, 2016.

(2) The first open enrollment period for the COFA Premium Assistance Program established under sections 1 to 5 of this 2016 Act [735.601 (Purpose of Compact of Free Association Premium Assistance Program) to 735.617 (COFA Premium Assistance Program Fund)] shall begin no later than November 1, 2016. [2016 c.94 §7]

Note: Sections 1 and 2, chapter 243, Oregon Laws 2017, provide:

Sec. 1. (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 the costs of:

(A) Premiums for a commercial or publicly funded plan that reimburses the costs of oral health care; and

(B) The deductibles, copayments or other out-of-pocket expenses incurred by enrollees in order to access the care.

(2) The Department of Consumer and Business Services shall develop recommendations for the creation of a program to reimburse the costs of oral health care for low-income COFA islanders residing in this state.

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

(a) Whether the program should be structured to provide premium assistance to cover the cost of coverage:

(A) Through a dental plan offered in the health insurance exchange or by a commercial vendor;

(B) Provided in the state medical assistance program; or

(C) Through an alternative means;

(b) Eligibility requirements;

(c) The amount of any premium assistance to be provided;

(d) How premium assistance should be distributed among eligible individuals; and

(e) The cost and financing of the premium assistance program, including whether federal funds or other sources of funding 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, 2017. [2017 c.243 §1]

Sec. 2. Section 1 of this 2017 Act is repealed on January 2, 2020. [2017 c.243 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 735—Alternative Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors735.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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.