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.
- Amy Snow Landa: Healthcare reporter for The Seattle Times
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- Rocky King: Executive director of Oregon Health Insurance Exchange corporation