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Republicans Want More People Investigated For Cover Oregon Failures

OPB | Feb. 5, 2014 2:45 p.m. | Updated: March 27, 2014 9:56 a.m. | Portland

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Oregon Senate Republicans are calling for more people to be investigated for the problems surrounding the state’s health care website.

The Cover Oregon website.

The Cover Oregon website.

Last month, the state signed a contract with First Data for an independent assessment of the problems that plagued Cover Oregon’s website.

First Data was given a list of people to talk to, but Cover Oregon’s former chief information officer, Carolyn Lawson, was not on the first draft.

She resigned last month, citing personal reasons.

But Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli says that, in the years leading up to the roll-out, she testified that benchmarks were being met, when he says they were not.

“If we can’t rely on people to represent the facts to those that have the duty to do oversight, then it’s time that we do put them under oath and subject them to a higher level of scrutiny,” he says.

OPB’s efforts to contact Lawson were not immediately successful.

A spokeswoman for Governor Kitzhaber said that because it’s an independent assessment, First Data determines whom to interview, but more names are likely to be added as the investigation continues.

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