Cover Oregon sets Dec. 4 deadline for Jan. 1 coverage

Can get paper application online, to fax or mail

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 1:28 PM PST November 20, 2013    UPDATED: 12:42 PM PST November 21, 2013 
Cover Oregon
DURHAM, Ore. -

Cover Oregon announced Wednesday that Oregonians who want their health coverage to take effect Jan. 1, should submit their application postmarked no later than Wednesday, Dec. 4.

A downloadable application can be found here: http://www.coveroregon.com/get-started/overview

“We encourage Oregonians to get in their applications as soon as possible.  They should not wait,” said Howard “Rocky” King, executive director of Cover Oregon.

Applications may be submitted via online PDF, by fax or mail postmarked by Dec 4. Here is how to get a paper application:

After an application is received:

Cover Oregon has received over 25,000 applications to date and more arrive every day. Additionally, the Oregon Health Authority has received about 70,000 responses from people eligible for “fast-track enrollment” into the Oregon Health Plan. About 260,000 Oregonians were notified that they are eligible for fast-track enrollment last month.

“What matters is connecting Oregonians to quality, affordable insurance—by Jan. 1, 2014, if they need it,” said King.  “We are committed to making sure everyone who needs coverage at the beginning of the year gets it.”

Cover Oregon is kicking off the first of six application fairs across the state today to help people apply for health insurance.  Interest in the fairs is high and registration time slots are filling quickly.  Space is limited and Cover Oregon encourages people to pre-register at Application Fairs Registration coveroregon.com/discover/meetings.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  There may also be wait times.

About Cover Oregon

Cover Oregon is a health insurance marketplace where Oregonians can choose from different health carriers and plans that fit their needs and budget, and find savings to pay for coverage. Cover Oregon includes health insurance from both private companies and public medical programs such as the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids. Many people—for example, an individual earning up to $45,900 a year and a family of four earning up to $94,000 a year—will qualify for financial help. Visit CoverOregon.com or call 1-855-CoverOR (toll free 1-855-268-3767).