Cover Oregon on life support? Decision upcoming

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)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A technology committee is poised to make a final recommendation for the future of Cover Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange.

The committee will decide Thursday whether Cover Oregon should ditch the glitch-filled portal and replace it with the federal website, or try to fix the existing system with the help of a new contractor.

The decision comes nearly seven months after Oregon’s exchange was supposed to go live so that residents could use it to compare and buy health insurance plans.

But Oregon’s exchange still isn’t fully operational and is the worst of the online health insurance marketplaces that have been developed by 14 other states on their own.

RELATED: Another top Cover Oregon official resigns

A recent consultant’s report said the glitches were due largely to a lack of oversight by Oregon officials.

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