Cover Oregon still no enrollment; feds delay penalty deadline

Officials for Oregon’s health insurance exchange on Thursday reported some progress, but acknowledged a major fix to the problem-plagued site may not happen this month as hoped.The website still has not enrolled anyone. Cover Oregon also released some statistics, after previously denying them to reporters: – So far, 4,260 paper applications to determine eligibility for assistance have been received. Also, agents and application assisters have created 2,459 electronic customer accounts so they can check eligibility for financial assistance once problems with the website are fixed. That’s a total of 6,719 applications. Since some represent families, the applications represented approximately 11,500 Oregonians, officials said. In other news, the Obama administration gave six more weeks to individual consumers who otherwise faced a penalty if they didn’t finish applying for coverage by Feb. 15, allowing it to be processed by March 15. Now they must finish applying by coverage by March 31 to avoid a penalty, according to Kaiser Health News.…river


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