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Cover Oregon launches agent website

SALEM (AP) — More than four months late, Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange is finally allowing some people to enroll online.

Cover Oregon on Tuesday rolled out its online enrollment system to insurance agents and community organizations, allowing them to directly enroll people with less complex situations from start to finish in one sitting.

With the help of an agent or community group, most people should be able to fill out an application, determine whether they are eligible for financial assistance, choose a plan and enroll, said Michael Cox, a spokesman for Cover Oregon. People with more complex applications will have to return to the website after the Cover Oregon staff process a portion of it, he said.

Agents and community groups have been given training on the system and its known problems, Cox said, as well as instructions for contacting Cover Oregon if problems arise.

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