The state of Oregon plans to hire at least 400 people to process paper applications for health insurance that still can’t be purchased through a website.
The announcement on Friday comes amid worries that Cover Oregon could run out of time to sign up enough Oregonians by the Dec. 15 deadline for those who need coverage starting in January.
The state’s impaired website has yet to enroll anybody.
Gov. John Kitzhaber has said the exchange website may not be fixed before Dec. 31.
Officials said the cost of the new hires will be nearly $4 million through mid-December, and the existing budget can handle that. Most of the positions will be temporary.
The state has gotten only about 13,000 paper applications.
Oregon has an estimated 600,000 uninsured.