Cover Oregon releases new enrollment figures - now 83,000

Cover Oregon releases new enrollment figures - now 83,000

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange has released new enrollment figures.
   
Cover Oregon has managed to enroll more than 83,000 people in health coverage, about 30,000 of them in private insurance and the rest in the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid.
   
Another 121,000 Oregonians have enrolled in Medicaid through a separate process that bypasses the exchange.
   
Nearly four months after it was supposed to launch, Cover Oregon's website still can't enroll anyone from start to finish. The exchange has been using a backup paper and online process.
   
Officials said they're planning for contingencies in case the state's primary technology contractor, Oracle Corp., can't fix the system by the end of March. Those options could include using software designed by other states or the federal government.

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