Oregon last for health insurance sign-ups


Oregon is dead last among 48 states reporting for the number of people whose health insurance applications had been processed.

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Oregon is dead last among 48 states reporting for the number of people whose health insurance applications had been processed.

All 50 states have new insurance exchanges under the federal health care overhaul. The exchanges are supposed to be online marketplaces where people can find out whether they qualify for Medicaid — the insurance program funded by state and federal governments — or for tax subsidies to help purchase private insurance.

Nationally, the Obama administration revealed that just 26,794 people enrolled for health insurance during the first, flawed month of operations for the federal “Obamacare” website.

Adding in enrollment of more than 79,000 in the 14 states with their own websites, the nationwide number of 106,000 October sign-ups was barely one-fifth of what officials had projected — and a small fraction of the millions who have received widely publicized private coverage cancellations as a result of the federal law.

Read more at The Register-Guard.




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