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Cover Oregon sees glitches

SALEM (AP) — Oregonians will have to wait to enroll for health insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Officials said late Monday that Cover Oregon, the state’s insurance marketplace that was supposed to go live on Tuesday, is still experiencing glitches. The online system is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids.

The problem is expected to be resolved later in October.

Beginning Tuesday, consumers can find certified insurance agents or community organizations to help them start the process, and they can browse through insurance options and price estimates. But nobody will be able to enroll in coverage until the problems are fixed.

Individuals have until Dec. 15 to enroll for coverage that begins Jan. 1. Starting next year, most Americans who don’t have health insurance will face fines.


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