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Oregon struggles to overcome its Obamacare embarrassment…

Gov. John Kitzhaber How to catch up with rest of the country on Obamacare.

Gov. John Kitzhaber
How to catch up with rest of the country on Obamacare.

Now that Governor Kitzhaber and others have figured out that his “team” putting together the state’s sign-up procedures for Obamacare had no clue what they were doing, he and the Cover Oregon Board are now hoping they have a better understanding of what it is they didn’t know.

Appreciating what they didn’t know, but with some added expertise being brought in, a decision must be made on a way forward so that Oregonians can sign-up for Medicaid or Obamacare in one sitting – and be done with it. Up to this point, sign-ups have been done manually with paper forms, and apparently done well enough that Oregon is now in the middle of the pack per capita in sign-ups nationwide.

The question is which option will Oregon pursue so its citizens can sign up for medical care when Obamacare enrollments open up again in November:  Hire a computer programming manager who knows what he or she is doing and salvage Oregon’s so-far failed system, adopt a system like Connecticut’s or Rhode Island’s that worked from the start, or hook in to the federal government’s exchange format.

The particulars are found in this article in The Oregonian.  Click here.

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