Director of Oregon’s Obamacare Exchange Resigns

by Andrew Johnson

For the second time in as many weeks, an official associated with Cover Oregon, the state’s troubled health-care exchange, has resigned. Executive director Rodney King submitted his resignation earlier this week after a month of medical leave

In his letter, King explained that stepping down was “not an easy decision,” but cited the uncertainty of his health as his main reason. His resignation will go into effect in March when his medical leave ends.

Despite the set October 1 launch date, Cover Oregon does not yet have a functioning online exchange and has been exclusively operating with paper applications for enrollees. Cover Oregon and state officials have come under fire for the program’s woes, prompting the Oregon Health Authority’s chief information officer, who was tasked with building the online exchange, to step down in December.