Oregon Considers Dumping Health Website

By Kristian Foden-Vencil

The technology committee of Cover Oregon has recommended ditching its website and signing up with the federal exchange. Oregon got more than $300 million dollars from the feds to set up a state-of-the-art website to enroll people in health insurance. About $250 million has already been spent and Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional. 

Signing up with the federal website is only about $5 million and the site is already working. But the change carries risks. For example, everybody might have to sign up again?

Clyde Hamstreet: "Let me say this, nobody has to re-enroll now. What we have to do in November, we've got to work out yet.

Clyde Hamstreet is Cover Oregon's new temporary chief. He says November is when the enrollment window opens again, and the system must be working. 

The Cover Oregon board is expected to vote Friday on whether to switch to the federal website.

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