July 3, 2013 – Following is a statement from Rocky King, executive director of Cover Oregon, Oregon’s new online marketplace for health coverage, in response to the federal government’s decision Tuesday to delay penalties for employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees who do not offer health insurance to their employees until 2015:
“Cover Oregon’s focus is, and has always been, to provide access to health coverage for Oregon individuals, families and small employers (initially, employers with 50 or fewer employees, expanding to employers with up to 100 employees in 2016). The federal government’s decision does not impact the work we are doing at Cover Oregon or the choices available to small businesses.
Penalties have not existed for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. We will continue to move forward with our robust offerings for small businesses, as well as for individuals and families, beginning in October.
Cover Oregon gives small businesses the opportunity to offer their employees more choice in carriers and plans. They can set how much they want to contribute and let their employees choose from a variety of plans available through Cover Oregon.
Oregonians who are not offered coverage through their employer can come to CoverOregon.com in October to find a plan that fits their budget and needs, and access financial help.
We are committed to making sure all Oregonians have access to health coverage, and look forward to working with small employers who want to offer health coverage to their employees.”
To speak to Rocky King, please contact Lisa Morawski at 503-373-9424 or [email protected].