Feds Confirm Investigation Into Cover Oregon
By Chris Lehman
Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that they will investigate the troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange website. The Government Accountability Office accepted a request from three Oregon members of Congress to look into the problems of Cover Oregon.
The exchange has spent more than $200 million in federal grant money but still does not allow members of the public to enroll online. The announcement pleased Cover Oregon critics in Salem such as Republican Representative Dennis Richardson.
Dennis Richardson: "We need to clarify what really went on, what transpired, so that there are not false allegations or under or over-estimates of what took place. We need facts, so that the people can put this matter behind them."
Richardson is also running for governor. The office of Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber did not respond to a request for comment. The GAO says its probe will include other states, too. But it did not specify which ones.