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Originally published Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM

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Oregon health exchange is joining federal website

Oregon has given up on its online health-insurance exchange and will use the federal system from now on.


The Associated Press

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DURHAM, Ore. — After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up and decided to switch to the federal website.

An early adapter and early enthusiast of the Affordable Care Act, Oregon was once seen as the national leader in the health-care overhaul. But the state, which so far has failed to enroll a single person in coverage in one sitting through its exchange, said fixing it would be too costly at $78 million and would take too long. Switching to the federal system will cost $4 million to $6 million.

Oregon’s exchange is seen as the worst in over a dozen states that developed their own online health-insurance marketplaces. Oregonians had to use a hybrid paper-online process to sign up for insurance.

The state also had to hire more than 400 workers to aid in the manual enrollment — that despite $134 million Oregon paid its main technology contractor Oracle to build the online exchange. Oregon received a monthlong enrollment-deadline extension because of the technology problems.



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