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Jessica Kittams

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Health Exchange Enrollment Strong in Washington, Delayed in Oregon

OPB | Oct. 22, 2013 12:30 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 3:11 p.m.

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The October 1st start date for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act‘s healthcare exchange had many uninsured people hopeful they would be able to find a plan immediately, then sign up entirely online. In Oregon, as with many other states, the roll-out did not go as  smoothly as planned. To date, no one in Oregon has been able to sign up for private insurance due largely to unresolved technical issues. On Monday, President Obama expressed frustration with the glitches and promised they would be fixed. 

In Washington state, however, the open enrollment has been deemed a relative success: an estimated 30,000 residents were enrolled by the start of the third week of the roll-out. 

The December 15th deadline to secure health insurance coverage beginning in January is less than two months away. So far, prospective users in Oregon have not been given a set date for when they will be able to successfully enroll online. Until then, applications for enrollment will continue to be done manually.

Have you tried online enrollment with Cover Oregon or Washington Healthplanfinder? What was your experience like?

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