Cover Oregon May Leave Some Uncovered by January 1st

By Jim McCoy Tue 10th December NewsCover Oregonhealth care
The leader of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange says about 18,500 Oregonians who sent in their applications by the deadline probably won't get coverage come January - despite the state's promises. Gov. John Kitzhaber has repeatedly said that Cover Oregon's technical issues won't prevent anyone from being enrolled starting Jan. 1. The exchange's online portal hasn't enrolled anybody, and the state relies exclusively on paper applications. Dr. Bruce Goldberg, acting head of Cover Oregon, said Tuesday that 65,000 people sent in completed applications by Dec. 4. Of those, about 37,000 have not been processed. About half of those will likely be eligible for Medicaid. The other half may be without coverage for a month.

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