What will it mean if part or all of the operations of a public exchange start late?
Residents of Oregon may soon find out.
Managers of the state-based Cover Oregon exchange have said that they hope to get their individual Web portals open in “mid-October,” but they aren’t giving a date. Before the portal opens, consumers who want to sign up for coverage will have to talk to one of the state’s 2,000 agents.
Mike Cox, a spokesman for the exchange, said managers delayed the opening of the site because they want to make a priority of getting it right the first time, not because of any specific technical problems.
The program “should not be thought of as being late,” because all of the significant features will be in place, and Oregonians will be able to compare plans online and actually sign up for coverage starting Oct. 1, Cox said.
No coverage bought during the initial Oct. 1 through March 31 exchange program open enrollment will take effect until Jan. 1 anyway.