Cover Oregon in Kitzhaber Investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A U.S. House committee investigating Cover Oregon has asked the office of departing Gov. John Kitzhaber to preserve all documents related to the shutdown of the botched health insurance exchange. A letter submitted Friday by four members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asks for a slew of … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Phasing Out

SALEM, Ore. — Cover Oregon is one step closer to becoming a thing of the past. A special committee of legislators are working to move the rest of the functions of the online marketplace to the federal exchange. Sources are reporting a Senate bill could move to the floor as soon as Monday. The movement … Continue reading »

Open Healthcare Enrollment Begins

MEDFORD, Ore. — Open enrollment for kicks off this weekend, and that means millions of people will be logging on to the website and choosing their health insurance coverage plans for 2015. If you enrolled through Cover Oregon last year, you will have to re-enroll this year using Open enrollment runs from now … Continue reading »

Gov Kitzhaber Fully Supports Oracle Suit

SALEM, Ore. — In response to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s civil suit against Oracle America, Governor Kitzhaber has announced he will full support the Attorney General. He released a statement August 22nd after the announcement of the lawsuit being filed.  This is the statement made by the Governor: “When I asked the Attorney General … Continue reading »

Tax Credits for Botched Insurance Site

SALEM, Ore.– Governor Kitzhaber is providing Oregonians who tried to get insurance through Cover Oregon with retroactive tax credits. He said Cover Oregon processed more than 85,000 people, but many people faced delays. Some families were forced to enroll in a plan directly with an insurance carrier after a failed attempt with the exchange. Families … Continue reading »

Kizhaber Asks For Lawsuit Against Oracle

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber is asking the state attorney to sue the company behind creating the Cover Oregon website. Oregon paid Oracle $134 million dollars to build the site, but it would never be used to actually sign up Oregonians. Instead paper applications had to be filled out with a representative. State officials recently … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Missing Payments to Agents

MEDFORD, Ore. – For David Cuttrell, the past few months have been one disappointment after another. Cuttrell and his agency, Oregon Health Exchange, were among Cover Oregon’s earliest adopters. He alone signed up 152 people by pen and paper, taking at least three hours of work per customer. But their commission, based on a percentage … Continue reading »

Cover Oregon Owes Agencies

SALEM, Ore. — Millions of dollars were wasted building the failed Cover Oregon website, but that may be just the beginning of the Exchange’s financial problems. Cover Oregon says it owes about 900 thousand dollars to health insurance agencies. Those agents were certified through the exchange but have not been paid since enrollment began. Officials … Continue reading »

New State Health Authority Director

SALEM Ore. — For the third time in the last six months, the Oregon Health Authority has a new director. Governor John Kitzhaber has asked Suzanne Hoffman to lead Cover Oregon’s transition to a national health care exchange. She will be responsible for coordinating efforts among various state and federal agencies to ensure the state … Continue reading »

FBI Investigates Cover Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — The fallout from the failed Cover Oregon website continues.  Now the FBI is investigating how the web site was built and paid for. Former state representative Patrick Sheehan confirmed that he was recently contacted by the FBI about allegations he made in 2012 about Cover Oregon’s development. In December 2012, Sheehan sent … Continue reading »

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