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Bruce Goldberg Takes On Cover Oregon

OPB | Dec. 9, 2013 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 9, 2013 1:37 p.m.

The Cover Oregon website has yet to enroll anybody.

The Cover Oregon website has yet to enroll anybody.

Rebecca Roberts Galloway / OPB

Update: On the air, Bruce Goldberg said that 500 people have now enrolled using paper applications in addition to 8,000 others enrolled through the Oregon Health Plan.

There’s been a game of musical chairs going on in the Oregon health system.

When Cover Oregon executive director Rocky King announced he would be taking a three month medical leave, Bruce Goldberg took a leave from his job as director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to take over the state’s beleaguered health insurance exchange. (Tina Edlund is now the acting director of the OHA.)

As of Dec. 2, Cover Oregon had enrolled 219 people using paper applications, in addition to 3,251 people enrolled through the Oregon Health Plan. Cover Oregon has yet to enroll anyone through its website.

Goldberg brings experience as both an administrator and a physician to the job of acting director. According to a Cover Oregon spokesperson, he will be in the position until a new interim director can be found. It is still not entirely clear whether Rocky King will return as executive director, but the Cover Oregon board has indicated it may need to look for a permanent replacement.

Have you tried to apply for health insurance through Cover Oregon? What questions do you have for Bruce Goldberg?

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