Cover Oregon to seek more flexibility, time

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon will ask the federal government for permission to give Oregonians more time to comply with the Affordable Care Act because of delays with the state’s online health insurance exchange.

The Senate approved a bill Thursday ordering Cover Oregon to seek a one-month extension of the March 31 deadline for people to sign up for health insurance. It also would require the state to seek federal permission for Oregon residents to earn tax credits if they purchase coverage directly from an insurance company.

The state is already seeking approval for both steps, and the Obama administration has said it would grant tax credits to people who went around the exchange.

The measure also temporarily allows the governor to fire the entire Cover Oregon board.

It goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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