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Cover Oregon Progress Report and Consumer Update

Qualified applicants must choose a plan by Dec. 27 at 5 PM.

Cover Oregon

(DURHAM, OR) - Statewide, an estimated 136,000 Oregonians have enrolled in health insurance coverage starting Jan. 1, 2014. Of that total, an estimated 36,000 Oregonians enrolled through Cover Oregon: more than 12,000 in private plans and more than 24,000 in the Oregon Health Plan. The rest are being enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan through the fast-track option.

To date, Cover Oregon has determined approximately 70,000 Oregonians eligible for health coverage starting Jan. 1 through private plans or the Oregon Health Plan.

Important deadlines: If they have not heard from Cover Oregon already, applicants eligible to purchase a private health plan will be notified of their enrollment options this week via phone, email or mail. Cover Oregon must receive applicants’ plan selections by Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. The first month’s payment must be received by the consumer’s selected insurance company no later than Jan. 15.

The rules are different for the Oregon Health Plan. Coverage will start on Jan. 1 for all qualified applicants as long as their application was received prior to that date. Notifications to OHP-eligible Oregonians are being sent as applications are processed. Click here and view the chart on page two to see if you will likely qualify.

Others who need coverage Jan. 1 have options

If people are worried about not having coverage by Jan. 1, they should consider applying directly with an insurance carrier. The Oregon Insurance Division has a list of the deadlines to apply for Oregon’s insurance carriers to receive coverage for Jan. 1.

http://www.insurance.oregon.gov/consumer/health-insurance/health-coverage-by-010114.pdf.

Cover Oregon’s call center hours

Cover Oregon will have day and night shifts processing applications seven days a week except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The call centers will be open the following hours:

Christmas Eve:     8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Christmas:           Closed

Thurs, Dec. 26:     8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 27:         8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 28:        8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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