Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) had previously assured residents that if they submitted their paper applications by Dec. 4, their coverage would start on Jan. 1. But the website's interim director acknowledged Tuesday that the state might not be able to pull that off. (The initial director of the Oregon Obamacare marketplace went on medical leave at the beginning of December.)
“This is not I think where anyone wanted to be,” Bruce Goldberg, interim director for Cover Oregon, told reporters. “It’s where we are, and we are going to work on getting through this to get everybody the coverage that they need.”
Goldberg also said that the state's website might not be ready to relaunch until the end of January.
In a report released Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that just 44 Oregonians had enrolled in a private plan in October and November -- by far the lowest figure among the 50 states.