April 25, 2014 |
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and instead switch to the federal website, admitting both disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get its exchange up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
April 24, 2014 |
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials are poised to vote Friday on whether to jettison their troubled health insurance exchange and become the first state in the country to switch to the federal version, which had its own rocky start before righting itself. At a Thursday meeting, Cover Oregon's technology advisory committee announced that it had recommended that the agency scrap its local exchange because there was neither the time nor the money available to fix it. The Cover Oregon board will vote Friday.
April 16, 2014 |
The first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ended this week with roughly 7.5 million people obtaining policies through the new state insurance exchanges, including more than 1.3 million at Covered California. That's an amazing and welcome result, considering how badly many of the exchanges stumbled when sign-ups began in October. Nevertheless, it's far too early to judge the success or failure of the healthcare law, given that key tests of the program's sustainability have yet to be passed.
April 4, 2014 |
On Thursday, James Franco was looking like a creepy old guy or a PR maestro for his leaked social-media come-on to a 17-year-old Scottish tourist. Come Friday, Franco was just looking embarrassed. The 35-year-old actor appeared on "Live! With Kelly and Michael" and admitted his gaffe, saying he was "embarrassed," "doubly embarrassed" and had "used bad judgment" over social media with the fan. He didn't address the difference in their ages. The story was brought up first thing during Franco's appearance on "Live!
April 3, 2014 |
Pressed by Republican House members, directors of troubled state insurance exchanges said Thursday that they could fix continuing Obamacare glitches with grant money they have already received and would not ask for federal bailouts. Members of the House Government & Oversight Reform committee sought to turn their attention to the technical glitches after a week of celebration for the White House, which surpassed its goal of signing up more than 7 million under the new healthcare law. Witnesses called to Capitol Hill included the current and interim heads of the exchanges in Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon - which have all had varying degrees of problems . (As a counterpoint, Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, touted the successes of California's exchange , which has enrolled some 1.2 million people - more than any other state in the country.)
April 1, 2014 |
Although the Obama administration appears to have surpassed its goal of enrolling more than 7 million people in the new healthcare program this year, some of the states that have struggled with technology problems are headed into an intensive new phase of fixes as they try to shepherd final enrollees through the process. After spending $125.5 million to operate and run its exchange, which has struggled with technical glitches , the board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is expected to vote Tuesday on moving to Connecticut's technology platform, which has worked smoothly throughout the enrollment period.