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Dec 19, 2:42 PM EST

Oregon health insurance signups low compared to 2014


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Just over half of Oregonians previously enrolled in private insurance through the state health exchange have re-enrolled through the federal website.

Officials said Friday about 40,000 Oregonians selected a plan for 2015 through HealthCare.gov. The figure covers the period through Dec. 14 - the day before a deadline to sign up for January coverage. It's likely more people enrolled on Dec. 15.

About 77,000 Oregonians enrolled in coverage through Cover Oregon in 2014.

Because the state abandoned the Cover Oregon portal and switched to HealthCare.gov, all Oregonians who bought coverage through Cover Oregon had to re-enroll via the federal site by Dec. 15 or face a break in coverage in January.

Open enrollment runs through mid-February, but people who sign up after Dec. 15 get coverage in February or later.

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