As of August 27, 2021: Due to a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, everyone in Oregon is required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces and most outdoor settings.

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Health care for immigrants and refugees

We know that members of our community might be worried about accessing care or signing up for resources because of their immigration status or the immigration status of their family members.

CAWEM is a benefit package of OHP also known as OHP emergency medical coverage. CAWEM coverage is for non-citizens who do not meet the immigration status requirements for OHP Plus coverage. During this national emergency, testing and hospitalization for COVID-19 are covered, even if you do not get care in an emergency department.

Children under 19 who do not meet the immigration status requirements qualify for full OHP through Cover All Kids. If you are turning 19 and do not meet citizenship requirements, you will no longer be fully covered under OHP. You may be eligible to move to CAWEM.

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Need an interpreter? Need help in another language or format? Tell your doctor’s office or clinic when you make an appointment. If you need more help, call Oregon Health Authority's Office of Equity and Inclusion at 844-882-7889.


CAWEM Plus is a benefit package of OHP, available to pregnant women who are not eligible for full OHP Plus because of their immigration status. Testing and hospitalization for COVID-19 are covered through CAWEM Plus.

On March 13, 2020, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will not consider testing, treatment, or preventative care (including vaccines, if a vaccine becomes available) related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge determination. This includes if your care is paid for by Medicaid, also known as the Oregon Health Plan.

See Oregon Health Authority FAQs about COVID-19 and Public Charge

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice. Individuals who are concerned about whether and how receipt of public benefits might affect their immigration status should ask for help from an immigration attorney.

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