Cover Oregon Woes Could Mean Delays for Oregonians
PORTLAND, OR - Problems plaguing Oregon's new health insurance exchange are leading to concerns that some of the most vulnerable Oregonians may face a break in coverage if they don't enroll by a December 15 deadline.
A month in, the state has received just 4,260 paper applications and the Cover Oregon website still can't tell people what subsidies they are eligible for.
The situation is dire for the 11,000 people in Oregon's high risk insurance pool - a program for those who were denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. That program will dissolve by the end of the year.
Other Oregonians with private insurance could also see their current plans expire by the end of December.
Officials say they're trying to resolve the problems. But they could not explain how they plan to enroll thousands of people within a short time span.