MEDFORD — Oregon Congressman Greg Walden and colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have requested a federal audit of the state’s troubled healthcare exchange.
“No state has had more complications than Oregon. The website has been such a technological failure that the site was unable to enroll anyone months after the start of the open enrollment period,” said Walden.
Alongside Representative Dennis Richardson, who started a petition calling for the investigation, they said Thursday they have formally requested an audit through the General Accountability Office.
“Citizens of Oregon deserve to know the cause of the failure of Cover Oregon, the extent of any cover-up, and what can be done to protect taxpayers from a similar waste of their money in the future,” said Richardson.
Read the letter sent to the GOA.
He says the state defrauded the federal government of hundreds of thousands of dollars by claiming they had a working website when it really wasn’t off the ground.
Walden added: “The catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable and taxpayers deserve accountability.”
In September of 2010, the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research received a $1 million grant to study the feasibility of creating a public health exchange model. And the feds granted the state another $304 million to build, test and operate the marketplace. Those pushing for the audit say it doesn’t appear there was enough federal oversight.