Cover Oregon’s interim director resigns

Dr. Bruce Goldberg, acting head of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange, at a news conference at Cover Oregon headquarters in Durham, Ore., Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
Dr. Bruce Goldberg, acting head of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange, at a news conference at Cover Oregon headquarters in Durham, Ore., Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Gov. John Kitzhaber announced late Thursday morning that he had accepted Dr. Bruce Goldberg’s resignation as Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

“Bruce offered his resignation. I think it was the right decision. I accepted it,” said Kitzhaber.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber in Salem, March 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber in Salem, March 20, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Kitzhaber said Goldberg will continue his role as Acting Director of Cover Oregon until the new executive director is hired. Dr. George Brown, President and CEO of Legacy Health, and a Cover Oregon board member, is overseeing the search process for the new executive director.

Kitzhaber also released an independent assessment of Cover Oregon produced by the company First Data on Thursday. The report, based on 67 stakeholder interviews and the review of more than 3,200 documents, assesses the ongoing technical problems with the development and rollout of the health insurance exchange website.

First Data began its assessment in January, and the full, un-redacted report was released Thursday on the Department of Administrative Services’ website.

The Governor discussed the report’s findings while announcing steps he is taking to ensure that Cover Oregon delivers for Oregonians.

“I am taking a number of steps to put Cover Oregon on a path to help deliver on a promise to Oregonians that I have been pursuing now for 25 years: access to quality and affordable health care,” said Kitzhaber.

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