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Cover Oregon Postmortem With Board Chair Liz Baxter

OPB | April 29, 2014 12:35 p.m. | Updated: April 29, 2014 2:14 p.m.

Oregon's statewide Health Insurance, Cover Oregon.

Oregon's statewide Health Insurance, Cover Oregon.

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The Cover Oregon board unanimously voted last week to abandon the flawed state-run exchange and adopt the federal website.

Cover Oregon’s website troubles are well-known. Although around 70,000 Oregonians have secured private coverage under the exchange — not counting those who got into the Oregon Health Plan. Oregon is the only state where people couldn’t sign up online in one sitting. Switching to the federal site will still prove costly and take months, but it was clear that trying to fix the Oregon site would have taken up even more resources. Officials are hoping to have a working website by Nov. 15, 2014, when open enrollment for 2015 will begin. It’s not yet clear if those who already obtained health insurance through Cover Oregon will have to re-enroll on the federal site.

Liz Baxter is the chair of the Cover Oregon board. She joins us for her take on how we got to this point, and what to expect from the Affordable Care Act in Oregon as the state switches over to the federal exchange.

What’s your experience with getting health insurance in Oregon? What questions do you have for Liz Baxter?

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