BEND, OR -- More than 40,000 Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan are still waiting to get their health insurancre approved because of a backlog. The system is struggling to keep up with the expanded population on OHP - the health insurance plan for low-income Oregonians. Many came to St. Charles in Bend on Wednesday where Cover Oregon agents were helping people get enrolled. Patricia Town has had insurance for the past year, but can't get re-enrolled. She told KBND she came to the event to get help. "I want to know where I'm at. I'm trying to get my insurance renewed. I've had Pacific Source and I'm getting the run-around with the federal website and it sent me back to Cover Oregon. They say I have to be patient, wait 6-8 weeks, that they're backed up. I understand they're backed up, it's confusing."
The last day to sign up for coverage for this year is February 15. Cover Oregon is holding a series of events throughout the state to help get people enrolled.