PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's health insurance marketplace is up and running, but technical problems are preventing people from enrolling in coverage.
Tens of thousands of Oregonians went to coveroregon.com Tuesday to scroll through insurance plans and prices, and find certified insurance agents to help them start the process of buying coverage as mandated by the federal government.
They can't enroll, however, because the online system is not correctly determining eligibility for Medicaid and tax credits.
Cover Oregon executive director Rocky King says it's more important to get the system right than have it fully operational on day one.
He doesn't want the state to tell someone they're eligible for Medicaid and then go back on its word.
He stressed that coverage doesn't begin until Jan. 1, enrollment isn't over until December and the problems will be fixed by the end of October.
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