Oregon Considers Dumping Health Website

Apr 24, 2014

Oregon got more than $300 million 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. 

Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional.
Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional.
Credit Cover Oregon

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 is Cover Oregon's new temporary chief.

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

Hamstreet said 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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