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OR: Audit Confirms Host of Problems at Cover Oregon

| Mar 21, 2014 | Oregon

A lot of bungling and bad communication contributed to Cover Oregon’s failures, according to the much-anticipated results of an independent audit that Governor John Kitzhaber’s office released yesterday. Among the un-redacted audit’s key findings: Communication among Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg, former OHA Chief Information Officer Carolyn...[ Read More ]

Breaking: Gov. Kitzhaber Announces Bruce Goldberg's Resignation As OHA Director

| Mar 20, 2014 | Oregon

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced today that Dr. Bruce Goldberg is resigning as director of the Oregon Health Authority. Kitzhaber made the announcement during a morning press conference in Salem where he also released the much-anticipated findings of the independent audit of Cover Oregon by First Data. He said Goldberg will continue as Cover Oregon’s acting...[ Read More ]

OR: Healthcare Throws Weight Behind Wehby in Senate Primary

| Mar 18, 2014 | Oregon

Filings with the Federal Elections Commission show that the vast majority of money contributed to Monica Wehby, the Republican seeking to win her party’s nomination and unseat Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley in this year’s election, comes from the healthcare industry. Wehby has raised $501,353, and has $390,289 on hand. Wehby...[ Read More ]

Oregon’s Health CO-OP Targets Small-Group Market, Lowers Rates 13%

| Mar 17, 2014 | Oregon

It hasn’t been an easy year for Oregon’s Health CO-OP. As one of two member-governed health plans established in Oregon as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the Health CO-OP hoped to get most of its first-year enrollments through the state’s new insurance exchange. But that hasn’t worked out so...[ Read More ]

OR: Medicaid Expansion Drives OHA Budget Increase in Omnibus Bill

| Mar 13, 2014 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature passed an omnibus bill on the last day of the session to rebalance agency budgets, including increasing the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) budget by $1.17 billion to a total of $14.4 billion for the 2013-2015 biennium. The increase in OHA's budget is due to an infusion of $1.1 billion...[ Read More ]

The Cover Oregon Legislation: A Crib Sheet

| Mar 12, 2014 | Oregon

Two of the Oregon Legislature's key priorities during the recently adjourned legislative session were to hold Cover Oregon accountable for its failure to enroll people into health insurance online and to prevent such a catastrophic IT failure from happening again. The Legislature passed bills that addressed both concerns. Negotiations over the measures were largely left...[ Read More ]

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