Cover Oregon Backup Plans Being Discussed

   SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers are urging state officials to look into backup plans in case Cover Oregon isn't ready to use the federal government's online health insurance enrollment system before the November deadline.
   Officials reported to a state legislative committee Wednesday on their progress transitioning from a failed state-run website to one run by the federal government.
   Tina Edlund, the state administrator overseeing the transition, says the state has learned from past mistakes and is working to avoid them.
   Sen. Chip Shields requested an analysis of alternatives if the federal website isn't ready to handle Oregonians seeking health insurance when the enrollment period begins Nov. 15.

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