A hiring panel has recommended a Kaiser Permanente official as the new director of Cover Oregon.
Cover Oregon's board could vote later Thursday to make the hire.
Officials say Aaron Patnode led Kaiser's efforts to implement the federal health care law.
Consultant Dennis Karras says 70 people applied for the job, and 19 were interviewed before the field was narrowed to six.
He says some candidates dropped out after the state decided to drop its website and use federal technology.