WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Government Accountability Office said last week it will look into the Cover Oregon website problem as part of a broader study of concerns about state health exchange sites.
The GAO sent a letter about the decision to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who along with several Committee on Energy and Commerce colleagues had requested the review.
“As you are aware, GAO has received several requests from congressional committees and Members to examine a range of issues related to the healthcare.gov rollout,” wrote agency official Katherine Siggerud.
The GAO study is expected to result in multiple reports on specific issues.
Walden (R-Ore.) welcomed the news.
“The GAO will take an independent look into what went wrong,” he said. “Their investigation will help taxpayers get answers about what happened at Cover Oregon and the over $300 million that has been allocated to the state. Oregonians deserve better.”
Walden and other Republican leaders asked for a federal investigation, contending that the “catastrophic breakdown of Cover Oregon is unacceptable and taxpayers deserve accountability.”
Since 2010, the state of Oregon has been allocated more than $304 million in federal grant dollars to build, test, and operate the Cover Oregon health marketplace.
However, the public is still unable to sign up for health insurance through the website, and state officials say that’s unlikely to be resolved before the open-enrollment period for sign-ups ends March 31.