Department of Human Services
2009-11 Policy Option Package
WHAT WOULD THIS POLICY OPTION PACKAGE (POP) DO AND HOW WOULD IT BE IMPLEMENTED?
[It] would increase the number of women eligible for prenatal care and the number of infants receiving health care... This would cover women who, while technically not living in poverty, earn far too little to pay for health care insurance.
What's a little technicality amongst friends?
[It] would extend statewide a pilot in Multnomah and Deschutes counties to provide prenatal care to women who otherwise would be eligible only for emergency medical (including labor and delivery).These women now qualify for Citizen/Alien-Waived Emergency Medical (CAWEM), federally required emergency services for women who are undocumented or who are documented but haven’t met the five-year residency requirement. This would make them eligible for OHP-Plus benefits, including prenatal services...
DOES THIS POP REQUIRE A CHANGE(S) TO AN EXISTING STATUTE OR REQUIRE A NEW STATUTE?
WHAT ALTERNATIVES WERE CONSIDERED AND WHAT WERE THE REASONS FOR REJECTING THEM?
The alternative to providing prenatal care to only part of the population with local and “soft” funding, and noprenatal care to the rest of the population, is unnecessary now that the state has attained federal approval to use federal SCHIP Title XXI funds for prenatal services for the eligible population.
WHAT WOULD BE THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF NOT FUNDING THIS POP?
By not taking advantage of federal authorization to provide prenatal care to women who are undocumented or who have not met the five-year residency requirement, several thousand women and their infants lose the proven benefits of prenatal care;
Will there be changes to client caseloads or services provided to population groups?
There are approximately 6,000 births to CAWEM-only eligible women statewide per year, with an average growth rate of 5.5% per year. Labor and delivery care is already supported by state General Funds and federal matching funds.
There will be additional women served in the Citizen-Alien Waivered Emergency Medical (CAWEM)program. This POP will add an average of 68 women per month for 24 months for the 2009-11 biennium. In 2011-13 there will be an average caseload increase of an additional 141 women per month.
It goes on and on. Did you have any idea that Multnomah and Deschutes counties had already sanctioned giving illegal aliens extra health care? Now the beauracrats at DHS may decide or have already decided to take this statewide with no public debate or knowledge.
Your general fund tax dollars, your federal tax dollars, even your "soft" tax dollars are helping illegal aliens.
Vote NO on 66 & 67