Oregon to Switch to Federal Exchange

It turns out there are things more glitchy than the federal government’s health-care website. An Oregon panel recommended Thursday that the state abandon its state-run exchange in favor of the federal government’s According to Greg Van Pelt, an advisor for Governor John Kitzhaber, “the website is only partially functioning.” Other states, including Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts, have had notable technical issues which have made online enrollment difficult. The board of the Oregon exchange is expected to approve the panel’s recommended switch on Friday. In a sign of just how much opinion has changed regarding the federal website, Governor Kitzhabor said, “I think their recommendation to use the federal website technology is the right call. It is the most reliable and least costly way to ensure that we have a working website for the next enrollment period.” Oregon received $305 million in federal grants to construct its exchange.