By March 1, Cover Oregon had 38,806 "Plan Selections".* But, that rate was barely 51% of 76,223 completed applications** received (not including Medicaid or CHIP eligible individuals).
Considering that an estimated 150,000 Oregonians have had their health care coverage cancelled because of Obamacare regulations, an enrollment rate of 39,000 is not a good sign that more Oregonians have health care coverage since Obamacare and Cover Oregon became active.
Even adding the 104,715 Oregonians deemed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, we are significantly short of the 220,000 Oregon state Sen. Lee Beyer claimed as now insured out of the 500,000 Oregon is trying to get covered.
And it doesn't look like the Federal government will help by extending Oregon's enrollment period.
Cover Oregon is seeking an extension of the enrollment period beyond March 31, but the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has said it does not have authority to grant such extensions. The Statesman Journal reports:
"Officials with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said during a monthly update on health insurance exchanges that the department does not plan nor have the authority to extend the open enrollment period beyond March 31."It isn't promising if HHS doesn't think it has the authority to extend open enrollment in light of all the changes that HHS has made in enrollment procedures and deadlines.**
*Cover Oregon spokesman Michael Cox says since the end of February Cover Oregon has enrolled 5,000 more. The terms "selections" and "enrolled" are used without clear data on whether the "first premium payment ha[s] been received directly by the Marketplace or the issuer."
**A complex 19(!) page document.
***The most recent being a delay of the individual mandate until 2016 for those who have lost their coverage due to Obamacare regulations.