Oregon to Switch to Federal Exchange

    This December 2, 2013 photo shows a woman reading the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace internet site in Washington, DC. The troubleshooter appointed by President Barack Obama to overhaul a bungled health care website rollout said Sunday that improvements had made a "night and day" difference in handling online traffic. The White House has admitted previously that the launch of Healthcare.gov, where people can sign up for health insurance, was a debacle and the Obama administration pledged that the vast majority of potential customers would be able to enroll online by the end of November. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)


    It turns out there are things more glitchy than the federal government’s health-care website. An Oregon panel recommended Thursday that the state abandon its state-run exchange in favor of the federal government’s HealthCare.gov. According to Greg Van Pelt, an advisor for Governor John Kitzhaber, “the website is only partially functioning.” Other states, including Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts, have had notable technical issues which have made online enrollment difficult. The board of the Oregon exchange is expected to approve the panel’s recommended switch on Friday. In a sign of just how much opinion has changed regarding the federal website, Governor Kitzhabor said, “I think their recommendation to use the federal website technology is the right call. It is the most reliable and least costly way to ensure that we have a working website for the next enrollment period.” Oregon received $305 million in federal grants to construct its exchange.

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