Governor: Cover Oregon Under Review

By Jim McCoy Thu 9th January NewsCover OregonGov. John Kitzhaber
Gov. John Kitzhaber says the state has commissioned an independent review of what went wrong with Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange. Kitzhaber said Thursday that a firm has been hired to conduct the review, but details were not immediately available. Cover Oregon's online enrollment system still doesn't work more than three months after it was supposed to launch, and the state is manually processing applications. Speaking at a news conference in Portland, Kitzhaber highlighted the 170,000 people who gained health coverage this month, noting that it will reduce Oregon's uninsured population by 20 percent. But Kitzhaber says he's unsure when Cover Oregon's automated enrollment system will work. Only a third of the applicants enrolled through Cover Oregon. The rest were enrolled directly using a process that bypassed the exchange.

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