Cover Oregon Executive Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg at a news conference at Cover Oregon headquarters in Durham, Ore. Oregon decided to drop its exchange in favor of the federal exchange after being plagued by website glitches. / Gosia Wozniacka, AP
WASHINGTON - After months of website glitches and the move to paper enrollment forms, the board of Oregon's health care exchange has decided to join the federal government's site.
Oregon is the first state to make the move, though at least two more states - Maryland and Hawaii - are expected to consider the option after difficulties with their own exchange websites.
The Cover Oregon board met Friday morning, and decided the $78 million cost of fixing the site was too much, the Associated Press reported. It will cost between $4 million and $6 million to move to the federal site.
This comes in addition to the $134 million the state has spent on the site. Oracle, the company hired to do the work, released a statement saying it "looks forward" to assisting the state's move to the federal site.
"Oracle will continue to support the state in providing long-term solutions for Oregonians, and to assist with its ongoing health care modernization efforts," said Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger.
Federal officials also said they would work with Oregon and any other state that chooses to use the federal site, rather than malfunctioning state sites.
"We are working with Oregon to ensure that all Oregonians have access to quality, affordable health coverage in 2015," said Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Aaron Albright.
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