- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The latest federal figures show Oregon places in the middle of the pack among states that built their own health insurance exchanges when it comes to the number of people who’ve signed up for private plans under the Affordable Care Act.

An analysis of new federal government figures by The Associated Press shows that Oregon is seventh when it comes to enrollments in private coverage as a percentage of states’ populations. Thirteen other states and the District of Columbia have their own exchanges.

Cover Oregon enrolled 33,808 Oregonians in private insurance during the first four months of the exchange.

The state has even newer figures than the federal government. The latest show the state is still enrolling hundreds of people in private insurance- more than a thousand more than the federal numbers show. It also enrolled 67,500 Oregonians in the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid.

Another 123,000 people enrolled in the OHP using a process that bypassed the exchange.

The state did not provide a breakdown by age, race, or ethnicity.

It also did not say how many of those newly enrolled might also have been previously insured, among those whose policies were slated to be canceled because they didn’t meet the law’s standards.

Federal officials originally projected 147,000 sign-ups by the end of January in Oregon, but the state has revised its projections downward multiple times. In December, the state scaled down its low-level projections of Oregonians enrolled in private health care by January 2014 to 20,700 people.

The federal numbers also show that Vermont, followed by California, has enrolled the most people as compared to their total populations. Massachusetts enrolled the fewest.

The data shows 73 percent of Oregonians who selected a marketplace plan received financial assistance.

The report also includes a breakdown by type of plan. The most popular plan among Oregonians was the silver plan - more than 60 percent picked it, in line with a similar trend nationwide. The silver plan is the second-least expensive of four plans when it comes to premiums and generally covers 70 percent of out-of-pocket expenses.

Oregon’s online enrollment site still hasn’t launched. The state has relied on a hybrid paper and online process to sign people up.

Cover Oregon now says insurance agents and community partners might be able to enroll Oregonians in coverage in one sitting via the troubled website by the end of this week. Other parts of the online exchange would still not be operational, such as communicating with carriers and making payments for insurance plans.

The state did not say when the online exchange would open to the public.



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