We know you are concerned about the wellbeing of your family and community as we all deal with the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). There are two things you can do if you have lost income, such as a loss of job.
First, you may be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), which would provide you and your family needed health care coverage. If you are not already an OHP member, please sign up for OHP. By signing up for OHP, you’ll join many Oregonians who have coverage for the care you need, at no cost to you. Health Share will work with you to keep your providers, when possible.
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And if your doctor recommends testing or you need care or hospitalization for COVID-19, you are covered through OHP. For current members, your benefits with Health Share have not changed, and include coverage for anything related to COVID-19.
The second most important thing you can do is to sign up for food benefits, such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and WIC (for women, infants, and children). As of early March, you can use your SNAP benefits to purchase groceries online and have them delivered to your home from Amazon and Walmart.
You can sign up for SNAP benefits online.
There’s also free food through schools and nonprofit organizations. Check out our comprehensive list of community resources, which includes information about food, housing, utilities, child care and more.
At Health Share, we know health is about more than what happens in the doctor’s office – it’s about the many services and supports that help us thrive, from education and food to employment and housing. With businesses and schools closing to slow the spread of this dangerous virus, many Oregonians are experiencing hardship.