Many to Re-Enroll in Health Coverage

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EUGENE, Ore. — Tens of thousands of people who enrolled in Cover Oregon this year will probably have to do it all over again next year.

More than 80,000 people, or about a quarter of those signed up for private health insurance plans through Cover Oregon, will have to re-enroll for next year.

This is a result of Cover Oregon’s decision to transition to the federal exchange.

Right now, four insurance companies that offered plans privately through Cover Oregon don’t offer any through the federal exchange. They include including Trillium, Providence, Health Republic and Oregon’s health co-op.

Six months after the launch, Cover Oregon was never quite up and running, and it was frustrating for those trying to get insured.

This is only adding to their less-than-stellar experience.

“You try to call. You can’t get through on the phone. You finally get it all accomplished. Now I’ve got insurance only to have it taken away again. I would be very, very frustrated,” said Marc Gunther.

Cover Oregon says even if the Cover Oregon website worked, people still would have had to re-enroll. Those signed up for the Oregon Health Plan won’t need to do anything.

If you’re enrolled in coverage through Cover Oregon, you don’t need to take action now.

The staff is exploring options to make the process easier by having customers’ information already show up in the system, so it doesn’t have to be re-entered.

The open enrollment period begins on Nov 15.

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