Cover Oregon will hire 400 temporary workers to process paper applications while its website is being fixed.
Ariane Holm, spokeswoman for the insurance exchange, said the hirings were called for in Cover Oregon's backup plan and fit within its budget.
The move is a sign that Cover Oregon's website woes are posing serious threats to enrolling individuals by a key Dec. 15 deadline. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has said that technical problems hampering the website might not be fixed in time.
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