By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Just over 73,000 Oregonians have enrolled in private health insurance through the federal website that replaced Cover Oregon’s failed portal.

The figures released Tuesday by the federal government show coverage that will begin on Jan. 1.

Oregon’s enrollments for the start of 2015 fall slightly short of the 77,000 people who currently have coverage through the health insurance exchange.

Because of the switch to a federally run website, Oregonians who enrolled in 2014 were not automatically re-enrolled for next year. A Cover Oregon spokeswoman says it’s not clear how many people who signed up for coverage in the new year are currently covered.

About 79 percent of people who selected plans are receiving federal subsidies.

Oregonians can continue enrolling at until Feb. 15, but coverage won’t begin immediately.

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