PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- State officials say incomplete applications mean that many Oregonians will go without subsidized health coverage at the start of the new year.
Cover Oregon spokesman Michael Cox says the health insurance exchange has focused on processing the completed applications it received by the Dec. 4 deadline to obtain subsidized coverage Jan. 1.
An unknown number of people turned in applications that had issues, such as missing signatures and omitted financial information.
About 36,000 Oregonians have enrolled through Cover Oregon as of Tuesday -- 12,000 in private plans and 24,000 through the state's Medicaid program.
Cover Oregon will have a night shift processing applications on Christmas. Its call center, however, closed at 2 p.m. Tuesday and won't reopen until Thursday at 8 a.m.