Two days before the state’s deadline for applicants to apply for a dental or vision license, the state will begin accepting applications for a handful of areas of health care that will determine who will get the first license.
Those include:Emergency room doctors and nurse practitioners, nursing home residents and home health aides, and emergency room nurses.
They’re the ones who will be the first to get licenses, but the state has also set up a lottery system to give priority to those with the most medical training.
The first applications for licenses will go out Friday at 9 a.m.
The state’s lottery is open to anyone with a current license or a certification in the health professions, including dentistry, nursing, optometry and veterinary medicine.
Applicants must also have a valid ID card and meet other requirements.
Anyone who fails to complete the application process by April 30 will be disqualified from the lottery and could face a $500 fine.
The lottery is designed to help people get a license for life, said Oregon Department of Insurance spokeswoman Kristen Purdy.
The lottery is meant to be a quick way to get access to care, she said.
“It’s a great opportunity to be able to go to the doctor, the dentist, the optometrist, the veterinarian, the home health aide,” she said, adding the lottery has also been used to help students with health insurance and seniors get a free dental exam.
People who have a doctor’s appointment will not be able apply, but people who need to see a dentist may apply.
In addition to getting a dental, medical or vision card, applicants must also get a prescription for a medicine, such as a blood pressure medication, or have a referral to a physician to make sure the medicine is appropriate for their needs.
The Oregon Department