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The holiday frenzy isn’t the only deadline looming. For people who expect to have health coverage when the new year starts, the deadline to enroll for a health plan is December 23rd. But signing up through the state’s health exchange has been rough for the last several days. As of Tuesday morning, the site is back up and running.

Oregon's insurance commissioner is defending a decision to allow health insurance companies to keep policies in place for a year even if they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Head Of Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Takes Medical Leave

Dec 2, 2013

The director of the Oregon Health Authority will take temporary control of the embattled health insurance exchange. Since Cover Oregon was supposed to start enrolling new customers on Oct. 1, Rocky King has faced substantial criticism.

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A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner. 

Oregon lawmakers want to know why the state's beleaguered health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.

Slow Start, Mixed Bag For Health Care Law In The Northwest

Nov 13, 2013
Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The first numbers on enrollment under the new health care law confirm a slow start and mixed results in Northwest states. In Idaho, 338 people have signed up for health insurance that will start January 1. Washington's health exchange has enrolled 7,091 people. Oregon, meanwhile, comes up blank in the new federal report.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley Wednesday signed on to legislation to allow people to keep their current insurance plans under the new federal health care law. It's the latest example of how the Affordable Care Act could be a hot topic in next year’s election.


Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection. While the highly-contagious illness remains rare, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting an uptick nationally in the number of cases this year.

Kitzhaber Beefs Up Cover Oregon Staffing

Nov 1, 2013
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Governor John Kitzhaber announced Friday that a hundred more part-time workers will be added to Oregon's health insurance exchange.

Online Hiccups Turn Health Care Sign-Ups Old School

Oct 31, 2013
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It's hard to find anyone who orders anything by phone or through the mail any more, unless they're signing up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. With all the online snags in the first month, people are turning to some decidedly old school methods. And some managers in the northwest say snail mail and the phone are the best workarounds for the time being.