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Cover Oregon enrollment numbers low
PORTLAND — Oregon's problem-plagued health insurance exchange says it has enrolled about 20,000 people in private coverage, far below original projections.
The new numbers were release by Cover Oregon on Tuesday, the day after the deadline to enroll for January coverage.
In December, the state scaled down its January 2014 low level projections of 31,500 enrollees in private health care to 20,700 people. Fewer people have been enrolling in other states as well.
The low enrollment numbers are largely due to the online enrollment system failing to go live. Technical issues forced Oregonians to apply using paper applications.
A total of more than 55,000 people enrolled through Cover Oregon. Of those, more than 35,000 Oregonians joined the Oregon Health Plan, the state's version of Medicaid.