PORTLAND — Seven months after it was supposed to be up and running, the board of directors for Cover Oregon have been told the best thing to do is to dump the troubled web site and join the federal health insurance exchange.
A board meeting will be held Friday morning to vote on the recommendation.
Oregon Congressman Gregg Walden tells KXL, “Cover Oregon is the digital equivalent of the 1962 Columbus Day storm. It is the worst financial failure in information technology in state history—and it was completely avoidable. Today’s admission of failure underscores the need to stop the waste and get the truth. How did this happen? Who was in charge? That’s why I’ve sought and secured a federal investigation into Cover Oregon. Taxpayers deserve answers and demand accountability.”
A top Cover Oregon official, Alex Pettit, said Thursday that fixing the existing system would be too costly at $78 million, would take too long, and would be too risky. He says switching to the federal system would cost $4 million to $6 million.
Oregon would continue using its current technology for Medicaid enrollments, but not for people who are buying private policies.
The recommendation comes more than six months after Oregon’s online site was supposed to go live.
(The AP contributed to this story)