80,000 Cover Oregon customers must re-enroll through federal health insurance exchange

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Some people who signed up for private health insurance plans through Cover Oregon this year will need to re-enroll for next year. It affects more than 80,000 people, or about a quarter of those who enrolled through Cover Oregon. It’s a step in the state transferring Cover Oregon to the federal government.

Nearly six months after the Cover Oregon website launched, and then failed spectacularly in front of the entire country, leaders are making good on their plan to switch let the feds take over.

Come November, people who purchased private plans through Cover Oregon for 2014 will have to re-enroll for coverage through the federal website, which only handles private plans.

People who are enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan won't need to do anything.

A Cover Oregon spokeswoman tells KATU News people enrolled in private plans would have had to re-enroll anyway even if the Cover Oregon website worked.

Right now, four insurance companies who offered private plans through Cover Oregon don't offer any through the federal exchange. It would be up to Trillium, Providence, Health Republic, and Oregon's Health Co-op to begin doing business with the feds.

The Cover Oregon debacle has infuriated many Oregonians, especially people who got caught up in it.

The website failed to enroll a single person as it was promised.

A Cover Oregon spokeswoman tells KATU News details of how, or if, people will be notified are still being worked out, as well as what, if any, role the Cover Oregon website will play in the transition.

Cover Oregon's goal is to have everything worked out by November 15, 2014 that's the same day open enrollment starts for 2015.