|Oregon dropping online health exchange|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
DURHAM, Ore. — After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website — the first state in the nation to do so.
Cover Oregon’s board approved an advisory committee’s recommendation to ditch its troubled portal. Oregon will use HealthCare.Gov for private policies.
Officials say fixing the existing system would be too costly at $78 million and would take too long. Switching to the federal system would cost just $4 million to $6 million.
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