Oregon’s Exchange Website Will Not Be Ready for Widespread Use on Oct. 1, Officials Say
Oregon's state health insurance exchange will launch on Oct. 1 as planned, but state residents will not initially be able to enroll in coverage on their own. According to Covered Oregon officials, the state plans to limit access to the exchange website for two to four weeks to address complications and continue beta-testing the site. The officials said that state residents still will be able to shop for plans and enroll in coverage, but they will need to seek help from a trained agent to log on to the system. According to officials, residents also will need assistance to determine whether they qualify for federal subsidies.
- "Oregon Delays Wide Access to Obamacare Insurance Exchange" (Begley, Reuters, 8/9).
- "Oregon To Debug Insurance Exchange" (Weaver, Wall Street Journal, 8/9).