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Ten thousand of them have signed up for private plans.

 

The agency is still trying to process several thousand applications that got in before the Decemer 4th deadline -- in order to get coverage by January 1st.

 

Torrey Tuft has been without health insurance for years and just moved back to Bend from California.

 

He was at the enrollment fair in Bend Thursday, looking at his options.

 

"I'm feeling much more informed.  I haven't made any major decisions yet.  I need to crunch the numbers and get beyond being very intimidated and move forward."

 

Linda Hendrix currently buys her health insurance on the individual market and was also at Bend's fair.

 

"I am cautiously optimistic.  If it can save me $100 a month that's a lot of my finances, yeah!"

 

Currenlty Hendrix pays $350 a month on the individual market, and believes she will pay closer to $250 a month for a similar plan thorugh Cover Oregon.

 

Oregonians have until March 31st to sign up for health insurance without any penalty.

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