Some Oregonians are caught in health coverage gap

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Health insurance agents say some Oregonians who applied via Cover Oregon in time to secure January coverage are still without insurance.

The Corvallis Gazette Times reports (http://bit.ly/1cqKTar ) people are stuck in insurance limbo because their applications were either lost in the system or held up because of unspecified technical issues.

As a result, those people are still awaiting confirmation that they have an approved insurance plan. Some also lost their federal subsidies for the month, because they had to extend their previous coverage into January.

The state has enrolled 83,000 people in coverage, about 30,000 in private insurance and the rest in Medicaid.

Nearly four months after it was supposed to launch, Cover Oregon's website still can't enroll anyone. The exchange has been using a backup paper and online process.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com

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