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More Oregonians Apply for Health Coverage on Paper

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PORTLAND, OR - Oregon's new health insurance exchange website, which is glitchy, is getting nearly twice as many applications on paper as it electronically.

Cover Oregon spokesman Michael Cox says the marketplace has received 4,260 paper applications and 2,459 electronic ones.

Applicants in Oregon can use the website to get information about health care plans, but the website isn't reliable enough to tell them which specific plans and subsidies they are eligible for.

People who send in paper applications however, can get that information.

Directors at Cover Oregon say they hope to have the website fully functional by the end of October.

Since it launched, the website has received more than 470,000 unique website visitors, and the Cover Oregon office has gotten more than 20,000 phone calls.

Oregon has an estimated 600,000 people who don't have health insurance.