Cover Oregon narrows exchange future to 2 options

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 1:01 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials with Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange say they've narrowed the options for the site's future to two: Hook up to the federal exchange, or stay with the current technology and hire a new contractor to fix it.

Cover Oregon's interim chief information officer Alex Pettit told board members Thursday that transferring technology from another state is too expensive for the exchange "within its existing resources."

Earlier this month, Maryland chose to replace its glitch-filled exchange with technology from Connecticut at an estimated cost of $40 million to $50 million.

In Oregon, an analysis found the least expensive fix for the state's health exchange would be linking it to the federally run marketplace, at a cost of $4 million to $6 million.

The board also accepted the resignation of interim executive director Bruce Goldberg effective immediately.

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