Friday, January 02, 2015

Put on a Happy Face

Late last summer, we reported that the Oregon health insurance Exchange (HIX) had enrolled exactly 0.0 suckers citizens. This past fall, we learned that, based on this underwhelming performance, Beaver State honchos were "pulling the plug on the site and switching over to the federal exchange and [404Care].gov," but exactly how and when that would happen was anyone's guess.

But that was then, and this is now:

"Oregon officials are pledging to avoid 2014’s enrollment nightmare ... Deloitte Consulting was hired ... to help transition the initially conceived state-run exchange to [404Care].gov"

Apparently something went right, because just north of 400,000 Oregonians managed to sign up in the last quarter or so. This despite the myriad problems still facing the fledgeling effort:

"[T]he new arrangement may still create “some potential disconnects” and confuse consumers with three different websites."

Gee, ya think?
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