Head Of Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Takes Medical Leave

Dec 2, 2013

The director of the Oregon Health Authority will take temporary control of the embattled health insurance exchange. Since Cover Oregon was supposed to start enrolling new customers on Oct. 1, Rocky King has faced substantial criticism.

The website rollout has been plagued with problems and some customers have received other people's sensitive information. King has now asked for three months of medical leave. Goldberg will take his place for a short while.

But it's unlikely King will return. Cover Oregon's board chair Liz Baxter sought and received permission from the board to look for a replacement, "We do need to have a search for a perhaps longer-term interim director."

Oregonians who want to get heath insurance by January 1st have until Wednesday to submit an application. Nearly 35,000 people have enrolled through Cover Oregon so far. Enrollment is scheduled to remain open until the end of March.

Copyright Oregon Public Broadcasting 2013.