MEDFORD, Ore. — State lawmakers are taking action to hold Cover Oregon accountable for its rocky start, with just weeks to go until the open enrollment deadline.
The Senate unanimously passed a bill from the House late this week that will require the agency to seek federal insurance subsidies for people who qualified but couldn’t apply due to website problems. That bill awaits the Governor’s signature.
Meanwhile, the exchange is racing to get people enrolled before the March 31st deadline. According to Cover Oregon spokespeople, they’ll need roughly 64,000 people signed up through private insurance in order to be financially sustainable once federal grants dry up at the end of the year. Right now, they’re at just over half that number.
Those looking to sign up can do so through a local agent. ACCESS will also be holding a number of events to share information and resources. The following dates for events are listed below:
March 10th 5:00 p.m. at the Medford Library
March 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Higher Education Center at Rogue Community College
March 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ACCESS Senior Fair at the Medford Armory
March 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Stevenson Union Building at Southern Oregon University