Cover Oregon Provides Update on Health Insurance Enrollment Options


Cover Oregon announced today that Oregonians who want health insurance coverage by Jan. 1, 2014 will be able to get it through Cover Oregon. Paper and electronic applications are available now and Cover Oregon will get them processed while the online system is worked on.

“We’re going to make sure that every Oregonian who wants coverage at the beginning of the year gets it,” said Governor John Kitzhaber. “There have been challenges. There often are when new ideas are put into action, but we’re going to get this done.”

“We encourage Oregonians to get started now with an electronic or paper application,” said Howard “Rocky” King, executive director of Cover Oregon. “Even with our current online system challenges, we will make sure that no one gets left behind. We have committed the necessary resources to process those applications quickly. We know that many people have been frustrated about not being able to enroll online. We are frustrated too.”

More than 17,000 people have already applied, and Cover Oregon is processing those applications. There is still time for people to buy insurance. Enrollment is open for six months, from Oct. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. If people want coverage to kick in Jan. 1, 2014, they have until Dec. 15 to sign up. Cover Oregon has a system in place to enroll all Oregonians wishing to get coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014.

In order to quickly process electronic and paper applications, Cover Oregon has trained additional customer service representatives who are already busy at work. Once an application is submitted, they are eligible for the Oregon Health Plan or for savings through tax credits. They will also receive an enrollment packet with plan information. All they need to do is identify the plan they want, send the information back to Cover Oregon and pay the first month’s premium to the carrier.

Right now, Oregonians can:

Fill out an application. They can do this with the help of a certified insurance agent or community partner, or can access the application on to fill it out on their own and submit it electronically or through the mail. A shorter version is available for people who are not applying for tax credits.

Choose their plan. They can go to to compare plans and select the one they will enroll in, estimate savings through tax credits, check eligibility for the Oregon Health Plan, get monthly price quotes, find out which plans cover their current doctor, and more.

Call 1-855-CoverOR to learn how to apply and get help in multiple languages.

Sign up for “Fast Track” enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan or Healthy Kids if they received an enrollment letter, without having to go through Cover Oregon; 260,000 letters were mailed and more than 62,000 people have signed up.

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