The Cover Oregon debacle continues to dog the Oregon Health Authority. Actuaries have newly discovered that more than 41,000 people were miscategorized over three years, which caused the state to draw down $74 million more federal dollars than it was allowed.
A high cost estimate for the continued use of the federal health exchange has led the Department of Consumer & Business Services to consider other options, but consumers and insurance brokers might have good reason to be skeptical of the state abandoning a smooth-running federal website for another state-based website.
Cover Oregon is still on the radar screen in the halls of Congress. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which investigates and exposes waste, fraud and abuse had intended to hold a hearing later this month into the practices of Cover Oregon.
(SALEM) – The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to dissolve Cover Oregon as a public corporation and transfer management of the state’s health insurance marketplace to the Department of Business and Consumer Services.
Durham, OR – Oregonians can get health insurance coverage and save money through HealthCare.gov, but they have just five more days to do it.
Sunday, Feb. 15 is the last day to choose or switch a health plan for 2015, and the last chance to get a tax credit to help pay for coverage.
Dr. Joe Robertson, the president of Oregon Health & Science University, sounded a cautionary note last week about the future oversight of the state’s health insurance exchange.
A bill to close down Cover Oregon and roll the remaining responsibilities for the state health insurance exchange into the Department of Consumer & Business Services should head to the Senate floor as early as next week.
Portland, OR – Oregonians have just two more weeks to enroll in health coverage for 2015.
The open enrollment period for health insurance ends on Feb. 15, 2015. This is the only opportunity for Oregonians to get health coverage for 2015 or change their health plans.