Cover Oregon will miss fed enrollment deadline

Cover Oregon will miss fed enrollment deadline

The state's online health insurance exchange will not open to the public before the end of March.

Cover Oregon officials say the state has asked the federal government to grant Oregon a "special enrollment period" - similar to an extension - for the month of April. Officials were not clear what the difference is between an extension and a "special enrollment period."

Officials also said they were asking the federal government for additional time to enroll people who submitted applications by March 31, the end of open enrollment. Currently Cover Oregon needs about 10 days to process an application using the hybrid paper-online process. Agents, however, can in many cases enroll residents within half an hour online.

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