Oregon Delays Access to Health Insurance Exchange
Cover Oregon will not be ready for consumers on October 1
On October 1, the first time consumers can go online to buy health insurance, Oregon residents will not be able to apply for health insurance through Cover Oregon on their own.
Instead of enrolling in health insurance on Cover Oregon themselves, consumers will need the assistance of an insurance broker or an aide trained by the state. These community partners and agents will have access to the Cover Oregon “portal” where they can assist consumers through the process of comparing plans, applying for financial assistance, and enrolling in health insurance coverage.
Oregon is using this strategy as concerns arise around the limited number of staff at the Cover Oregon Service Center. Oregon will also use this time to help work out any technical problems that arise.
Oregon consumers should be able to apply directly through the Cover Oregon website without assistance by late October.
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