Sunday, December 21, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority's acting director will lead Oregon's effort to transition some functions of its health insurance exchange to the federal government.

Tina Edlund says in an email to staff Wednesday that Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked her to serve as transition project director. She'll be responsible for coordinating efforts among various state and federal agencies to ensure the state is ready for the next enrollment period that begins Nov. 15.

Suzanne Hoffman, the health authority's chief operating officer, will become acting director. She's the third person to lead the health authority since late last year.

Cover Oregon has decided to partner with the federal government on health-insurance enrollment, abandoning plans to act independently after the online enrollment system failed to work.

Clyde Hamstreet remains the Cover Oregon's interim director.

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