Gov. picks hospital execs to help fix Cover Ore.

John Kitzhaber brought in outside help to help a faulty Cover Oregon enrollment issue.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 2:28 PM

PORTLAND -- Gov. John Kitzhaber is bringing in executive help to get Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange going.

The governor said Friday that former Providence Health System Chief Executive Greg Van Pelt will "lend his expertise and provide an independent, outsider's view of Cover Oregon."

The exchange's online enrollment system was not ready to launch on schedule in October, and the organization still hasn't enrolled a single person through a paper-based backup system.

Background: Once a national model, Cover Oregon still at zero enrolled

Kitzhaber also said that Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of the Oregon Health Authority, will oversee the application and enrollment process. Oregon has received about 30,000 paper applications.

Kitzhaber says the moves will free up Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King to focus on getting the website working.

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