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Goldberg Cites Progress in Fixing Cover Oregon as Republicans Increase Cries to Pull Plug

The Lund Report
Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, calls for state to shut down Cover Oregon and offer subsidies for consumers outside the exchange, but director Bruce Goldberg said many of the errors that have kept the website down were eliminated in the past week.

Acting Cover Oregon Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg hinted to the House Health Committee on Wednesday that Cover Oregon could go completely online by February, even as Rep. Jason Conger of Bend, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, told the director that the state should shut the whole exchange down.

Kitzhaber Hires Cover Oregon Examiner as Doubts Build on Fate of Exchange

The Lund Report
The governor reiterated enrollment numbers, noting that 170,000 Oregonians now have some form of affordable healthcare coverage, despite the Cover Oregon debacle. But Rep. Jim Thompson said the troubles aren’t over for the exchange’s viability, and the Medicaid expansion is not without growing pains.

Gov. John Kitzhaber told reporters Thursday that the state has hired an independent examiner to critically analyze the mistakes of contractor Oracle Corp and the state in rolling out Cover Oregon, while he and other Democratic officials have skirted discussion of whether the insurance exchange can survive its botched roll out.

2014 Session to Consider Study of Statewide Basic Health Plan for Lower Incomes

The Lund Report
The so-called Basic Health Plan, envisioned in the Affordable Care Act, could be made available to people with incomes below 200 percent of poverty, who don’t qualify for the Oregon Health Plan. Rep. Mitch Greenlick has supported a bill asking the Oregon Health Authority to study the idea for the 2014 session and it could become available as early as 2016.

For thousands of people who have struggled to find affordable health insurance because of the failures of Cover Oregon, a distant hope may be on the horizon — a so-called “Basic Health Plan,” in which the state would offer a health plan to low-income people who don’t qualify for the Oregon Health Plan.

Cover Oregon Halts Advertising Campaign

The Lund Report
The television, radio and newspaper ads are being pulled as Cover Oregon continues to face challenges

With all the upheaval created by the web site disaster, Cover Oregon is backing away from its advertising campaign after spending $8.3 million during 2013 to encourage Oregonians to “lead longer lives” by signing up for a health plan.


Cali Decision to Extend Old Policies Means More Trouble for Cover Oregon

The Lund Report
The Insurance Division may have had little choice but to let individuals and small businesses keep substandard policies, but the move means fewer customers for the exchange and a higher risk group for those who do shop on Cover Oregon. The Division is also charged with allowing inferior policies to be sold on Cover Oregon compared to outside the exchange.
Editor's Note: An earlier version incorrectly stated that the state's two insurance co-operatives are available only on Cover Oregon. Health Republic and Oregon's Health Co-op also sell policies directly from their web sites.

Rocky King Welcomes Expertise of Greg Van Pelt, Bruce Goldberg

The Lund Report
The executive director of Cover Oregon says he has the complete confidence of Governor Kitzhaber in turning around the troubled health insurance exchange.
The decision by nine health insurers to let people remain on their current plans until sometime in 2014 -- even though those plans are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act -- is good for Oregonians and won’t impact the exchange, Rocky King told The Lund Report. 


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