Make that Dec. 4, Cover Oregon tells insurance seekers

Here is the update sent out by Cover Oregon today, making  Dec. 4, for all practical purposes, the day for signing up for health insurance through the state’s exchange.


Cover Oregon announced today that Oregonians who want their health coverage to take effect Jan. 1, 2014, should submit their application postmarked no later than Dec. 4, 2013.  A downloadable application can be found here:

“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:

  • Visit home page of to use online application form.  This is different than the online enrollment that will be available in the future.  It’s a PDF form that people can use today. They fill it out online.  Or they can print it out and mail or fax it to Cover Oregon.
  • Call 1-855-CoverOr to request an application
  • Call a community partner or agent listed on
  • Pick up an application at any DHS office

After an application is received:

  • The applicant will receive a letter letting them know whether they are eligible for private insurance with or without tax credits, or for Oregon Health Plan or Healthy Kids.
  • People who are eligible for private insurance will receive an enrollment packet in the mail from Cover Oregon. They need to complete it and send it back to Cover Oregon, postmarked by Dec. 15 for coverage starting Jan. 1. Cover Oregon encourages people to choose their preferred plan now so they are ready to fill out their packet as soon as it arrives. To start researching plans, they can go to anytime.
  • If they are eligible for Oregon Health Plan or Healthy Kids they are automatically enrolled and will receive a confirmation letter.

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.”

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