Cover Oregon will begin processing 17,000 applications by hand

Oregon's health insurance exchange will not meet its goal of allowing online enrollment by the end of October.

Officials at Cover Oregon announced today that they'll begin processing applications by hand. They say they've received more than 17,000 applications so far.

Cover Oregon was supposed to allow people to enroll for insurance coverage online beginning Oct. 1. But officials say their software hasn't been able to accurately determine people's eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids.

Officials did not set a new goal for getting the website fully functional. In the meantime, people can fill out a form online and submit it electronically or print and mail it for processing. A staff member will determine whether they're eligible for a tax credit or public assistance and notify them in writing.

— The Associated Press

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