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Oregon Health Plan
8:04 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Health Plan No Longer Using Lottery System

The state is no longer using a lottery-system for enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan.
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In Oregon, low-income adults used to have to get on a waiting list and enroll in a lottery-style drawing to get health insurance. But that's changed because of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Oregon is one of 26 states expanding its Medicaid program, called the Oregon Health Plan. This means up to 300-thousand more people are eligible for coverage. Erin Fair Taylor is with Care-Oregon.

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Cover Oregon
3:49 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Last Day To Sign Up For Cover Oregon Is December 4th.

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The last day to sign up with Cover Oregon to get health insurance coverage on January 1st is today (December 4th). And because the website still isn't processing applications online, that means paper applications need to be faxed or postmarked no later than today.

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Cover Oregon
7:34 am
Fri November 22, 2013

States Respond to Obamacare Fix

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President Obama has tried to fix a problem with the Affordable Care Act that’s become a growing political headache for his administration. In the process, he threw a new variable into the already-confused health insurance market place. A look at how the dust is settling in Oregon and California.

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Cover Oregon
6:33 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Cover Oregon Director Faces Oregon Lawmakers

Rocky King testifies before a panel of Oregon lawmakers.
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Oregon’s online health insurance exchange won’t be up and running in time for people to get covered by the beginning of the year. That was the prediction offered to a pair of legislative panels Wednesday by Cover Oregon’s director. Lawmakers peppered health care managers with examples of problems with the system:

Democratic Representative Brian Clem's mother-in-law has Lou Gehrig's disease. She was kicked off her former health insurance plan. So Clem and his wife looked forward to the opening of Oregon's online insurance marketplace.

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Cover Oregon
11:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

70,000 Oregonians Enrolled in Expanded State Medicaid Program

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Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King goes before lawmakers this week to explain why the website still isn't fully functional and the state still has not enrolled a single person in coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Cover Oregon's Chief Communications Officer Amy Fauver  says there have been successes with the state's Medicaid enrollment-- The Oregon Health Plan. She spoke in a conference call with reporters Monday.

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Affordable Care Act
6:48 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Tracking Health Care Exchange From Consumer To Call Center

A health exchange call center in Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Washington’s health exchange has been up and running for a month now. It got off to a rocky start—from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors in calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington’s technical problems pale in comparison to the federal website’s. We have two reports checking in on Washington’s health exchange. We’ll hear from a call center in Spokane. But first, we begin with KUOW’s Ruby de Luna in Seattle, who talked with some of the users of the website.

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Affordable Care Act
8:26 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Health Insurance Freakout- Time To Take A Deep Breath

The end of the year is approaching, government health care websites are failing and people across Oregon are anxious about how the new health care reform law will affect them.  Liam Moriarty reports there’s cause for concern, but there’s no need to panic.

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Cover Oregon
3:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Community Partners Look Forward To Cover Oregon Website Fix

Cover Oregon's website continues to suffer from problems.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The website problems persist for the state's health insurance marketplace, Cover Oregon.  Individuals can compare insurance plans, but the site still can't determine if someone is eligible for financial help.  

This has been a source of frustration for potential customers - and for local organizations working on behalf of Cover Oregon to walk people through the process.

These community partners are counting down the days until the website is fully functional.

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Cover Oregon
9:17 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Cover Oregon Website Still Isn't Fully Functional

The Cover Oregon Home page.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Oregon's health insurance exchange did not meet its goal of allowing online enrollment by the end of October. Officials at Cover Oregon announced Thursday they'll begin processing applications by hand. They say they've received more than 7,000 applications so far.

At an information session this week in Springfield, Kate Wheeler, coordinator of White Bird's "Cover Oregon" education program, explained the situation to about 12 participants.

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Health Care
1:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Legislative Health Care Town Hall Meeting

At this Legislative Health Care Town Hall Meeting Trish Bohnert of Cover Oregon walks us through the state health exchange. Medical Director Dr. Patrick F. Luedtke with the Department of Health and Human Services speaks about infectious diseases, and State Epidemiologist & Acting State Health Officer Dr. Katrina Hedberg with the Oregon Public Health Division tells us about chronic diseases in Oregon.

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