Cover Oregon Shutting Down

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers took another step toward shutting down Cover Oregon Tuesday. After spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to make the site work, the state decided to shut down its insurance exchange and use the federal government’s instead. A new committee will look at ways to move all of Cover Oregon’s … Continue reading »

Many to Re-Enroll in Health Coverage

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 … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Owes Agents

MEDFORD, Ore. — The challenged Cover Oregon is causing another headache for insurance agents that helped enroll people in coverage. Cover Oregon agents were responsible for enrolling more than a 20 percent of the people who came in through the exchange. The agents are due commission negotiated with Cover Oregon, usually a percentage of a … Continue reading »

New State Health Authority Director

SALEM Ore. — For the third time in the last six months, the Oregon Health Authority has a new director. Governor John Kitzhaber has asked Suzanne Hoffman to lead Cover Oregon’s transition to a national health care exchange. She will be responsible for coordinating efforts among various state and federal agencies to ensure the state … Continue reading »

FBI Investigates Cover Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — The FBI is investigating how the Cover Oregon website was built and paid for. In 2011, then State Representative Patrick Sheehan sent an email to the governor accusing Cover Oregon officials of lying and wasting tens of millions of dollars in payments to developer Oracle. Rep. Sheehan said an FBI agent followed … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Help

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The deadline to sign up for health insurance is just two days away. For those who need help with the process, The Child Center will be hosting an enrollment event Monday. Trained Cover Oregon specialists will be at the Springfield Public Library from 12-6 p.m. to answer questions and provide on-the-spot assistance. … Continue reading »

Interview: Sen. Ron Wyden

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D) stopped by KEZI 9 News Midday to share his thoughts on the groundbreaking of the new VA Clinic in Eugene. He also touched on some important issues facing the state such as Cover Oregon, gay marriage and timber harvest.

Cover Oregon Extended Deadline Impact

MEDFORD, Ore. — Those who waited until the last minute to apply for health insurance through Cover Oregon got a big break Wednesday, and local officials said they’ve already seen an impact. On Wednesday, the federal government approved a request to extend the deadline for health care from the end of March to the end … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Deadline March 31

EUGENE, Ore. — If you haven’t signed up for health insurance yet, you’re running out of time. You have a week left. The deadline to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act is Monday, March 31. If you don’t sign up for insurance, it’ll cost you. You’ll face a fine of $95 or 1 … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Enrollment Fair Saturday

EUGENE, Ore. — The open enrollment deadline for Cover Oregon is March 31. If you still need help applying, the Democratic Party of Lane County is holding an enrollment fair guiding people through the application process. The fair is from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Democratic Party of Lane County Office, located at … Continue reading »

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