Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health Share is here for you.

Your benefits with Health Share include coverage for anything related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the vaccine. You still have access to the state’s largest network of doctors and hospitals. You still have coverage for the care you need through the Oregon Health Plan, at no cost to you. If your doctor recommends testing or you need care or hospitalization for COVID-19, you are covered through Health Share.

See a full list of community resources here.

The Health Share family of plans:

Vaccines

Starting April 19, every Oregonian over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is proven safe and effective. The vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect you and your loved ones and return to normal life. The vaccine is free for everyone in Oregon. Check your eligibility here. Here's a list of where you can get your COVID vaccine.

Transportation help

Portland International Airport drive-through site

  • By appointment only
  • Schedule here. Vaccine appointment times are released on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Use the tool at that time for the best chance of getting an appointment.
  • Drive-thru located at the Red Economy Lot in collaboration between the Port of Portland, Oregon Health & Sciences University, and the Red Cross.
  • Here’s a helpful video about what to expect 

Hillsboro Stadium drive-through site

  • By appointment only
  • Schedule here. Vaccine appointment times are released on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Use the tool at that time for the best chance of getting an appointment.
  • Here’s a helpful video about what to expect

OHSU Primary Care Clinic in Scappoose

  • By appointment only
  • Schedule here.
  • Vaccine appointment times are released on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Use the tool at that time for the best chance of getting an appointment. 

Oregon Convention Center

  • You must register with the state by making a Get Vaccinated Oregon account.
  • You’ll then get notified when you become eligible and help you schedule an appointment.
  • Learn more about what you can expect here.

Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem 

  • By appointment only 
  • Schedule an appointment here.

You can make an appointment at these pharmacies. Appointment availability varies. Try a different time of day if you don’t see any slots. 



Testing

If your doctor believes you need to be tested for the virus, no pre-authorization is required. There is a national shortage of tests, so your doctor may provide care instructions without recommending a test. Please follow your doctor’s instructions. Testing sites can be found here. Already been tested? Here's some helpful information from county health officials.

Prescriptions

We can extend your prescription for some medications to a 90-day supply. You can also refill your prescription early. Health Share gives you access to mail-order pharmacies so you can get your prescription medications delivered by mail directly to you. Contact your health plan to sign up.

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Providence

OHSU Health

  • You can get home delivery of your medications from OHSU Mail Order, call 503-346-3370
  • Early refills and a 90-day supply is available on certain medications; call OHSU PBM Services at 503-346-0400 for more information.

Kaiser Permanente

  • Call (800-548-9809) or visit Kaiser Permanente to login and refill your prescriptions

Legacy Health PacificSource

  • You can receive a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.
  • You can also have your regular medications sent to you free. To get started, register online at CareMark.com, use the mail order form, or call CVS Caremark Mail-Order Services toll-free: (866) 865-0696
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Medical Services

If you currently have medical health services approved from a Health Share partner, that approval will continue through at least September 30th 2020. This will allow members to easily reschedule appointments that have been canceled or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 crisis. There will be no need to resubmit the request. We appreciate providers' and members' flexibility and understanding during this unprecedented time.

It's important to keep up with your child's health during COVID-19, and that pediatricians are open for children and using telemedicine for many health conditions and checkups. Learn more about how to keep up with your child's health during COVID-19.  


Citizen/Alien Waived Emergency Medical (CAWEM) Coverage

If you have CAWEM and need testing for COVID-19 you’re covered. If you need to stay in the hospital because of COVID-19 you’re covered for that too. 

During the national COVID-19 emergency, OHP covers testing and treatment of COVID-19. This is true even if you don’t get care in an emergency room. OHP still covers you, even if you test negative for COVID-19.

Learn more by reading one of the OHA information sheets below. These are available in the following seven languages:

Side Effects 

Side effects are a sign that the vaccine is working. Mild to moderate reactions to vaccines are not uncommon and are a sign that your immune system is responding as it should. Common side effects for COVID-19 vaccines include: 

  • Pain or swelling where you got the shot 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 
  • Tiredness
  • Headache 

 In most cases, the side effects should go away within a few days. If you think you are having a severe reaction, seek immediate care by calling 911. 


Variants of COVID 

Viruses constantly change, and new variants (also called strains) of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic. Some variants are known to be more contagious than others, and some can cause more mild or severe symptoms. The best and most effective way to protect yourself against all variants of COVID-19 is to get your vaccine as soon as possible.