Oregon has yet to enroll a single person due to website problems and is now sifting through paper applications. The website has become so problematic that visitors are told to submit an email address so they may be informed when it becomes functional. NPR reports:
[S]pokeswoman Amy Fauver explained how it is working. “We have on our website right now a place where people who just want to wait, who just want to do it electronically, can give us their e-mail address, and we will e-mail them when the system is fully functional,” she said. […]
The paper application is 20 pages long and asks for everything from names and the number of people in your household to pension contributions and alimony payments.
Cover Oregon’s Fauver says applicants need to fill it in and send it back. “And then we do an eligibility determination in house, on their behalf.” […]
Cover Oregon’s current guess on when the site will be fully running is by the end of November. So far, it has a stack of 7,300 paper applications, with more coming in each day. It has 45 days to process each one, but it hopes to do that more quickly.