DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon is set to make a final decision on whether to become the first state in the nation to drop its problem-plagued online health exchange and link up with the federal website.
Cover Oregon's board will decide Friday whether to approve an advisory committee's recommendation to ditch its troubled portal. Under that option, Oregon would use HealthCare.Gov for private policies but continue using its current system for Medicaid enrollments.
A top Cover Oregon official said fixing the existing system would be too costly at $78 million and would take too long. Switching to the federal system would cost just $4 million to $6 million.
Residents still cannot use Cover Oregon's site to sign up for coverage in one sitting, despite $134 million the state paid Oracle Corp. to build it.