Durham, Ore. – Cover Oregon announced Thursday at its board of directors meeting that it will be ready to launch its online marketplace Oct. 1.
“The clock has been ticking for the past year and a half, and it’s exciting to announce a date when the doors will open,” said Board Chair Liz Baxter. “More Oregonians than ever will have access to health coverage through Cover Oregon this fall, and we have a thoughtful plan to ensure their experience is positive.”
Cover Oregon will be rolling out the following plan in October:
Starting Oct. 1, individuals and small businesses will be able to apply for health insurance through an insurance agent or community partner, including Tribal organizations, who has been certified with Cover Oregon.
Community partners and agents will have access to the Cover Oregon “portal” (the online application and enrollment system), where they will help customers apply for financial help, compare plans and enroll in health coverage.
Staff at the Cover Oregon Service Center will be available to answer questions and report any issues identified by community partners and agents to our technical staff. They also will refer individuals and small businesses who want to start enrolling to community partners and agents.
Later in October, Oregonians will be able to apply online directly through Cover Oregon without the assistance of community partners or agents, if desired.
“It’s not uncommon for technology projects of this importance to launch in phases,” said Triz delaRosa, Chief Operating Officer of Cover Oregon. “We’re opening on time with all of the planned features for individuals and small businesses. And, by launching through our network of trained agents and community partners, we can correct bugs, fine-tune the process and ensure the shopping experience is easy and seamless now and into the future.”
Enrollment opens Oct. 1 and continues for individuals through March 31, 2014. Coverage does not begin until Jan. 1, so consumers have plenty of time to go through the application and shopping process.
Working with agents and community partners is free. To find certified agents and partners, call our Service Center at 1-855-CoverOR (1-855-268-3767) or visit CoverOregon.com in September.