Oregon Ditches State Insurance Exchange for Heathcare.gov
Cover Oregon (CO) conducted a public meeting to ask citizens whether or not “to join the federal insurance marketplace (FIM) that sells health plans in most of the country under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”
The board of directors for CO is refusing to admit that the $248 million in taxpayer monies spent on CO was a waste by stating that their “no wrong door” ideology can be amended with collusion into the FIM.
Alex Pritt, senior technology official for CO, said: “Using the federal technology represents the lowest-risk option.”
Liz Baxter, chair of CO said : “I don’t know that anybody in the room was excited about the proposal that was put forth. It was the best decision we had in front of us for those constraints that were laid out.”
Baxter claims that CO’s IT committee has worked hard to keep costs down, scheduling on-time and avoid risks to bring the insurance exchange online.
Back in March it was revealed that not one Oregonian had signed up for Cover Oregon , the state’s answer to compliance with Obamacare.
With federal grants totally to $305 million and $130 million spent on their website created by Oracle Corp., Cover Oregon is a complete “catastrophe”.
According to local reports “nearly 4,000 applicants for a state program that provides undocumented immigrants with pregnancy services were instead enrolled in full Oregon Health Plan coverage, contrary to federal law, thanks to problems with the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange.”
The unusable website was contracted to Oracle with $130 million of taxpayer monies.
Outlined in a federal report , the contracts “do not have any leverage” to hold Oracle accountable for mishaps missed deadlines or poor programing and software malfunctions.
This document reveals that Oracle “refused numerous requests from Cover Oregon for basic information about the system it is paying for.”
In fact, Oracle responded by increasing billing by “throwing bodies rather than skillset” to solve the website’s problems.
Oracle is called out for “lousy work” citing that the “exchange [is] equally subpar” in representative management.
The report reads: “There is no visibility by (Cover Oregon) into (Oracle’s) activities. Therefore, there is a substantial dependency on (Oracle) for almost everything that is time sensitive.”