Cover Oregon won't pursue recipients' assets

Cover Oregon won't pursue recipients' assets

The Oregon Health Authority is changing its asset-recovery policy.

The agency also plans to remove the alarming fine print in Cover Oregon's application.

"We are not going to be implementing the state recovery for people receiving just the Oregon Health Plan," said health authority spokeswoman Patty Wentz. "(Recovery) will remain in effect for long-term care services and connected medical costs."

Medicaid rules allow the state to recover the cost of recipients' long-term care in nursing homes and other settings. A little more than one-third of Oregon's Medicaid spending goes toward long-term care.