I am an undocumented Oregon resident. Can I be tested or seek medical treatment for COVID-19 through the emergency-only coverage (CAWEM)?

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Yes. The Secretary of Health and Human Services has declared a State of Public Health Emergency for the United States due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the Oregon Health Authority has determined that the Oregon Health Plan’s (OHP) Citizen/Alien Waived Emergency Medical (CAWEM) benefit includes emergency services related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This coverage includes facility and professional services in emergency rooms and subsequent hospitalizations when deemed appropriate and necessary. Therefore, you may be tested and receive treatment related to COVID-19. 

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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Further information about CAWEM and Oregon Health Plan can be found here.