Report shows Ore. exchange lags other states

Report shows Ore. exchange lags other states

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Report shows Ore. exchange lags other states

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by KGW.com and AP staff

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 6:48 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A new federal report shows just how far behind Oregon is with its rollout of a health insurance exchange.

The report was released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After a little more than a month, a small fraction of 8,800 paper applications had been processed and no one has yet been enrolled.  Oregon was dead last among 48 states reporting the number of people whose applications had been checked to see whether they qualify for Medicaid or private insurance.

Oregon's exchange has been plagued by technical problems and has resorted to hiring 400 people to process applications by hand.

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Through Nov. 4, those workers found 425 people were eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program and 190 were eligible for private insurance.

Related: Obama admin. posts low health care signups

Cover Oregon said it is hosting a series of application fairs across the state to help people apply in person. Participants were encouraged to fill out their applications before they come to the fair.

More: List of Cover Oregon events

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