Kurt Schrader, the Democratic representative in Congress for most of Clackamas County, introduced legislation to extend the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period for up to one month.

Gov. John Kitzhaber is seeking to extend the enrollment period for Cover Oregon, and Schrader’s bill would grant Kitzhaber’s initiative legal authority.

Schrader acknowledged that technical issues continue to plague Cover Oregon’s website and have made the enrollment process extraordinarily difficult, despite Oregonians’ best efforts to sign up.

“Given that difficulty, it only makes sense to extend the enrollment period for up to one month. That way, folks have more time to consult with insurance agents and brokers and complete the paper enrollment process so they can avoid paying a penalty,” Schrader said. “I look forward to resolving this here in Washington and continuing to support and advocate for administrative actions to ensure that Oregonians get the health insurance coverage they need.”

Schrader took action on this issue following the Oregon Legislature’s passage of a bill that instructs Cover Oregon to seek an extension of the open-enrollment period. The ACA Open Enrollment Extension Act, HR 4210, would allow states who opted to build their own health insurance marketplaces to extend their enrollment periods for up to one month, depending on the circumstances of each individual state.

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