PORTLAND, Ore. - New data provided by the federal government on Tuesday show that Cover Oregon's troubled website might be having a negative impact on its all-important risk pools.
The percentage of young adults signing up for insurance coverage via Oregon's troubled health-insurance exchange is nearly at the bottom when compared to sign-ups nationwide.
The website, which was expected to be the primary tool for sign-up - especially among younger enrollees - is still not available for the general public more than five months after it was scheduled to go live.
According to new statistics from the federal government released Tuesday, people age 18- to-34 now make up just 18 percent of the sign-ups for private insurance through Cover Oregon. Oregon ties with West Virginia as last in this age category.
Nationwide, this age group accounts for 25 percent of total enrollment.
KATU's On Your Side Investigators have exhaustively documented the problems that led to the website's problems, including poor management; failure to heed warnings from an independent quality-assessment firm and others; and the possibility federal officials were misled about the site's progress.
By far, the largest category of Cover Oregon enrollees are people aged 55 to 64, which accounted for 40 percent of sign-ups. This age group also leads in sign-ups nationally, accounting for 30 percent of total enrollment.
Young adults' premiums are needed to help defray the cost of caring for older generations.
Full coverage of the troubled Cover Oregon website:
- Federal government announces Cover Oregon investigation.
- Former Cover Oregon director says 'all of us' share blame for failures
- Top Cover Oregon official refuses to discuss Lawson resignation
- Official: Oracle not allowing Cover Oregon probe access to 6 employees
- Trouble with Cover Oregon? You may still get federal tax credits
- Cover Oregon website developer pulls 100 worker off project
- Ex-Cover Oregon website chief: 'I stuck to the talking points ... they were not accurate'
- High-level IT consultant on Cover Oregon: 'They didn't know what they were doing'
- New Cover Oregon allegations: 'If it's true, someone's going to prison.'
- Paging Dr. Kitzhaber: What did the governor know about Cover Oregon collapse?
- State rep., U.S. Senate candidate calls for the end of Cover Oregon
- Cover Oregon head: State might scrap all or part of failing website
- State lawmakers to grill Cover Oregon chief
- Family struggles to sign up for insurance through Cover Oregon
- First legal complaint filed over health enrollment mistakes
- Democratic state lawmaker believes Cover Oregon can be saved
- Contractor plans to examine why Cover Oregon failed
- 'We look like fools:' A history of Cover Oregon's failure
- State rep: Ditch Cover Oregon in favor of federal exchange
- Video: Exclusive Interview: Gov. John Kitzhaber - Cover Oregon 1/9/2014
- Gov. denies prior knowledge of Cover Oregon failure, exits exclusive KATU interview
- Kitzhaber outlines Cover Oregon's next steps: 'I can't give you a date'
- Kitzhaber: Firm will review Cover Oregon failures
- Cover Oregon applications left in limbo?
- Man with cancer waiting on Cover Oregon, gets insured
- Man with cancer still waiting on Cover Oregon
- New calls for Cover Oregon to take responsibility for project failures
- Rocky King, director of troubled Cover Oregon, resigns
- Salem man says Cover Oregon error left him in health care limbo
- Some question if they'll be covered by Cover Oregon in the new year
- What doomed Cover Oregon? 'Mismanagement,' say former employees
- After resigning, Lawson not talking about Cover Oregon website failures
- Ore. health official in charge of building Cover Oregon website resigns
- Fewer enrollments challenge Oregon exchange budget
- Executive director of Cover Oregon taking medical leave
- Cover Oregon considers new solutions
- Kitzhaber calls for independent review of Cover Oregon
- New emails show Cover Oregon unraveling in days before launch
- Emails: Cover Oregon executive knew about website problems in May
- Cover Oregon complicated by state's grand vision