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Panel recommends dumping Cover Oregon exchange, joining federal one

 Posted: 11:45 AM April 24, 2014

PORTLAND — An advisory panel has recommended that Oregon drop its trouble-plagued online health exchange for private policies and have Oregonians shop for them instead on the federal online marketplace.

A top Cover Oregon official, Alex Pettit, said Thursday that fixing the existing system would be too costly at $78 million, would take too long, and would be too risky. He says switching to the federal system would cost $4 million to $6 million.

Oregon would continue using its current technology for Medicaid enrollments, but not for people who are buying private policies.

The recommendation comes more than six months after Oregon's online site was supposed to go live.

The full Cover Oregon board takes up the recommendation Friday.

— Associated Press

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