Computer Issues With Oregon's Healthcare Exchange
October 1, 2013, 3:38 pm
By Rosemary Reynolds & Jeremy Scott
DURHAM, Ore. -- Oregonians are facing computer challenges surfing the website for Cover Oregon
, the state's new healthcare exchange.
On the first day of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act
, users can't correctly determine their eligibility for tax credits, the Oregon Health Plan or Healthy Kids.
Insurance companies also did not receive their pass codes to help potential clients, and the Spanish language option is not functioning either.
The computer issues are between the state and feds. For the time being, consumers can only use the website to browse for agents and healthcare options. Nobody will be able to enroll in coverage until all the problems are fixed. Cover Oregon is hopeful that the bugs will be worked out by mid to late this month.
Individuals have until December 15th to enroll for coverage effective January 1st. Beginning next year, Americans who do not have health insurance will be fined.
By 9:00am, 1,000 people had already called. More than 80,000 went to the website on Tuesday alone.