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.
Republished with permission from Kaiser Health News
Two officials from the Oregon governor’s office were on a mission in D.C. Tuesday — trying to get a federal go-ahead to compensate individuals who purchased insurance on their own because of the breakdown of the state’s health care exchange.
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.
The day after the deadline to enroll for January coverage, many more Oregonians now have access to comprehensive health coverage, according to figures released jointly today by Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority.
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.
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.
The first Oregonians to complete applications have a little more time to enroll in a private health plan through Cover Oregon effective Jan. 1, 2014.