Cover Oregon: If you haven’t heard from us by Monday… you should probably look for alternate coverage

posted at 7:01 pm on December 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

How did Oregon manage to go from one of the most enthusiastically pro-ObamaCare, gung-ho exchange-builders in the country to these shambles of lost administrative dignity? Two of their highest-ranking officials in charge of coordinating what they for months advertised as what would be a smooth, online, and hipster-friendly insurance-buying experience are already on the outs, and the 400 or so navigators they hired when they realized (too late) that they were in over their heads haven’t been quite enough to cope with the logistical struggle of signing people up for government-run insurance minus a functional website. Ergo, reports The Oregonian:

Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange began robocalling applicants Friday, warning them that if they don’t receive enrollment confirmation by Monday, they should seek coverage elsewhere for Jan. 1.

“If you haven’t heard from us by Dec. 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for Jan. 1 insurance coverage,” a woman’s voice on the pre-recorded call from Cover Oregon says. “If you want to be sure you have insurance coverage starting Jan. 1, you have other options.”

It’s yet another sign that the health insurance exchange’s technological breakdowns will prevent some — perhaps many — Oregonians from getting subsidized coverage Jan. 1, despite Gov. John Kitzhaber’s previous assurances otherwise. Out of more than 65,000 applicants, the exchange reports enrolling nearly 30,000, but only about 11,000 of them in private insurance plans.

The calls also suggest the exchange’s problems will prevent many of those individuals from receiving tax credits or subsidies in January, even though they qualify for them.

Er… why are they just telling insurance-seeking Oregonians this now? If they really have 11,000 people now enrolled in private plans, then they have been making some very slow but steady progress on the larger heap of applications they have going over the past week or so — but they must have known for awhile now that there was no way in heck they were going to be able to process the lot of the applications submitted by December 23rd in time to begin coverage January 1st, what with the slow and often erroneous processing that is part and parcel of doing things via paper application. This really is turning into an unmitigated logistical nightmare — and just in time for Christmas!


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ClusterF*ck of the decade…

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Guess they should have spend more time on building a functional site instead of groovy commercials.

HumpBot Salvation on December 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

What’s with Oregonians calling the O’Commiecare, er, squatline, getting Mary Landrieu’s answering machine instead?

/S

viking01 on December 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Oregon is just another flyover state when you jetting off to Hawaii.

Electrongod on December 21, 2013 at 7:10 PM

If you haven’t heard from us by Monday… you should probably look for alternate coverage

Wow! Flying on one’s own wings turned out to be harder than expected.

Let’s keep this in mind. Despite the resignations and admissions of incompetence, Oregon officials smugly presented themselves as the model state exchange up until they actually had to enroll people.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Oboobi could not be reached for comment. He’s on vacay, sipping Mai-Tais without email or cell phone access.

May a Tiger Shark bite him where the good Lord split him.

AH_C on December 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Barack Obama: he put the “hell” in “health care.”

MaxMBJ on December 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Oregonians

…maybe they’re leaders are ‘Orangutans’?

KOOLAID2 on December 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Oboobi could not be reached for comment. He’s on vacay, sipping Mai-Tais without email or cell phone access.

AH_C on December 21, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Gee, just like one of these state directors who have been forced to resign. Just sayin’ Not that I expect Obama to resign. His vile bitter hulking whore of a spouse isn’t ready to start paying for her own lobster anytime soon.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Oregon ducks.

TXUS on December 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

This ACA dose not effect me in any way. It does however effect my 30 year son that lives at home and works in the family business. My best advise to him and anyone else is “STAY AS FAR AWAY FROM THIS, FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN”. It is not just a mess but it is by far the most destructive mess the world has ever seen. So how do you stay away from it and keep the IRS system off your back. Simple you use the system. In the state we live in because of his income level which is $3.40/hr above minimum wage (plus free room and board and a car), puts him into medicaid. In October I applied for him and on 28 October revived a letter from the state saying every thing was OK and that they will contact us at a later date. Of course things are so messed up that they will never contact us, but what do I care. The point is that the now the IRS can not do a thing to us. Now we can go out and get some really good, affordable insurance that dose not comply with ACA. By the way the cost of the insurance in Virginia was over $4,000/year greater then his Gross Annual income.

jpcpt03 on December 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Democrat healthcare plan: Don’t get sick.

forest on December 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Maybe they should just send everyone a baggie of pot.

Won’t help the situation, but will mellow everyone out.

GarandFan on December 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Guess Oregon will have a “Blue Christmas”. In more ways than one.

Bitter Clinger on December 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Obamacare Oregonads Take It In the Shorts…

News at ten.

viking01 on December 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

not surprising coming from a state gov’t that thinks your’re too stupid to pump your own fuel at the gas station of your choice!

Fred

jrsrigmvr on December 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Sicarus flew to close to the One.

Flange on December 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

The old Duck and Cover, brought to you by Good Intentions ™.

Flange on December 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Winged-cartoon-lesbian-guitars, grounded indefinitely.

Pork-Chop on December 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

good enough for gov’t work

Fred

jrsrigmvr on December 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

….have a happy holidays

jaywemm on December 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM

It was supposed to be so groovy.

Philly on December 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Pay attention group market insurance customers (aka, everyone with a job that provides health benefits) cuz this is what we’re all in for next year……

WE

ARE

PHUQ’D!!!!!

powerpickle on December 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Another hour, another report of an Obamacare disaster. And with every reported disaster the image of Pelosi walking up the steps of the Capitol with her oversized gavel to lead the vote in the House comes to my mind. She was so proud.

DaveDief on December 21, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Wow! Flying on one’s own wings turned out to be harder than expected.

Happy Nomad on December 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Nah, they just flew to close to The Won and his awesomeness melted the wax in their wings.

Oldnuke on December 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

That should be too close. Apologies to all you grammar nazis out there.

Oldnuke on December 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I guess that we Oregonians must not be too smart. Gov Kitzhaber was a disaster the first time and we invited him back for an encore.

The State has a history of mismanaged projects, a $76 million cost overrun for a computer system at DMV that was unusable and had to be scrapped. A project to build a State wide radio network that would connect all emergency services that had one of the managers reporting completion of radio sites when no ground had been broken, and who can forget Courthouse Square where County government decided to tear down historic buildings to construct an office building/transportation center, sinking 10s of millions of dollars into an ineptly designed and poorly constructed hazard that had to be torn down.

Whenever an Oregon politician announces that they are going to build anything more complex than a ground level parking lot we should start recall efforts immediately.

schmuck281 on December 21, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Since he is running for a record-breaking fourth gubernatorial term and will of course run, in part, on his excellent implementation of the ACA, you are welcome to join me in dubbing him John “Glitch” Glitchaber.

Christien on December 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Just think. Nobody asked for this, nobody demanded this, nobody lobbied for this. It was voted in by just one political faction over the objection of the majority of Americans.

Millions of lives turned upside down and thrown into complete financial turmoil (assuming they are not in the middle of some kind of health crisis – then its worse).

A question I wish reporters would ask folks who just got sucker punched by higher premiums: “Now that you see this financial hit, what will you NOT be spending money on that you had planned to? New car, house, saving for retirement, saving for child’s tuition? Will you lose you house? Miss your rent payments? Car payments? Utility bills?

kurtzz3 on December 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

not surprising coming from a state gov’t that thinks your’re too stupid to pump your own fuel at the gas station of your choice!

Fred

jrsrigmvr on December 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Let see: Dem. Gov., Dem. Senate, Dem. House, 4 of 5 Dem. Fed Reps and 2 Dem Fed Senators. That is proof positive we Oregonians ARE too stupid to pump our own gas.

I mean how would YOU like to be parked next to some 60′s cartoon SNAP sucker with a gas nozzle in one had and OMMP joint in the other getting $3 in fuel? Welcome to Progressive Utopia.

old school on December 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

That is proof positive we Oregonians ARE too stupid to pump our own gas.

old school on December 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Or use the gas pedal when the light turns green and they’re the first car at the light. Friggin’ slowpokes.

Christien on December 21, 2013 at 9:49 PM

ClusterF*ck of the decade…

workingclass artist on December 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Could pretty much copy and paste that for just about anything in the bamster presidency

ouldbollix on December 21, 2013 at 11:26 PM

To repeat what I said in a thread earlier today, Cover Oregon is letting high schoolers come in to process paper applications.

http://www.koin.com/news/oregon/students-brought-in-for-cover-oregon-work

Pure insanity. Why waste millions with a website, just hire cheap labor.

oryguncon on December 22, 2013 at 12:12 AM

No one is madder about this then Obama…

right2bright on December 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Pure insanity. Why waste millions with a website, just hire cheap labor.

oryguncon on December 22, 2013 at 12:12 AM

HAHAHAHA!!!

Liberals hiring child labor…I hear China has a few kids looking for work…

Actually, since Nike’s headquartered in Oregon, they can just shift some of that child labor over to Oregon.

right2bright on December 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Oregon has spent in excess of $160 million dollars and still can’t perform basic steps on it’s damaged web site. More incompetence from a Dem controlled state. Wonder if all the homeless in Portland have been able to fill out their 19 page application forms?

regmgr on December 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

“If you haven’t heard from us by Dec. 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for Jan. 1 insurance coverage and have a Merry Christmas.”

jukin3 on December 22, 2013 at 2:54 PM

You know your old health plan that was CANCELED and then you could not get any insurance? Democrats made that happen. Not a single Republican voted for it. In fact Republicans did everything they could to keep it from happening. Remember that when you vote.

jukin3 on December 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Oregonians should get used to not having any health insurance, doctors or hospitals. Probably a bourgeois luxury anyway.

Alternatively, they could get a grip and vote for people who live in the real world. When will they do that?

virgo on December 24, 2013 at 1:16 AM