Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Unveils New Name, Website

The following news release was sent out yesterday via www.coveroregon.com:

Salem — In one year from today, Oregonians can visit a new marketplace to shop for health coverage. The name for that marketplace, Cover Oregon, was announced today by the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation. The corporation was formed by the Oregon Legislature to implement a health insurance exchange in Oregon.

“Cover Oregon will provide a new and better way for Oregonians to shop for health insurance,” said Howard “Rocky” King, Cover Oregon executive director. “We are working hard to ensure we can offer meaningful choice in health coverage options and an easy way to compare plans and enroll through our website.”

Cover Oregon will open on Oct. 1, 2013. Through Cover Oregon, individuals, families, and small employers will be able to compare health insurance plans, access financial assistance to help pay for coverage, and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs. Coverage for plans purchased through Cover Oregon begins on Jan. 1, 2014.

In the meantime, Oregonians can learn more by visiting www.CoverOregon.com. The newly launched site features a calculator where individuals can find out if they might qualify for financial assistance through Cover Oregon, schedules for Cover Oregon’s public meetings, and stories about Oregonians’ experience with health insurance.

“Our goal is to design Cover Oregon in a way that meets the unique needs of Oregonians,” King said. “To that end, we encourage you to visit our website to find out how Cover Oregon may be able to help you and how you can get involved.”

Contact: Lisa Morawski, 503-373-9424, lmorawski@coveroregon.com