Oracle Corp., the giant technology company at the center of controversy which covers Oregon, has greatly reduced his army of software developers who are trying to save the site health insurance exchange in Oregon.
What it means for the Oregon Exchange – which has been riddled with errors and remains largely unfinished – is an open question. Acting Director Bruce Goldberg Exchange did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.
Last week, about 100 employees of Oracle have emerged from the project covering Oregon, leaving about 65 in place. State officials have repeatedly accused his exchange website health failed in Oracle shoddy work and missed deadlines.
Even if the State had failed to pay Oracle, the two sides have maintained a truce with the company agreeing to substantially fix the most serious mistake free, records show. Now, however, the remaining employees of Oracle, according to multiple sources, that only works in the maintenance and operations. This means that the work of the company at the end of the site largely stopped – permanently or not remains unclear.
The coverage change Oregon still allows individual to enroll in health insurance on your own Oregonians , and is available in 49 states and Washington, DC Recently, agents and assistants certified applications earned the use of a password-protected site for beta enroll people in one sitting . Since last Friday, more than 700 people had registered online.
It is unclear whether the extension of Oracle has been mutually agreed by exchange officials and society. A red flag means that exchange officials reportedly had little or no say in where we were Oracle staff and left. This means that the change had little control over what skills will be maintained, including the skills necessary to complete the unfinished project parties.
Several of the functions considered crucial to the site are not done despite being part of Oracle’s initial promises:
- Public enrollment was supposed to allow 10,000 people to self-enroll online at the same time. The site has not been certified for public access.
- The interfaces with private insurers have not been finished. That means even if an agent enrolls you and gets a success message, in most cases your information still must be sent to insurers using an old-fashioned spreadsheet, for them to upload. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare envisioned the insurer interface as a crucial part of the enrollment process.
- The exchange’s interface with the state Medicaid program to get people enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan is also not done. Instead, a backup system in which Cover Oregon sends information to the Oregon Health Authority for manual entry is in place. The backup system has been riddled with problems and reports of applications gone missing or delayed for months.
- The portion of Cover Oregon intended for small businesses and their employees to enroll and qualify for tax credits remains unfinished and on hold indefinitely. Much of the programming is untested and was done early on, before problems with allegedly shoddy Oracle programming were discovered by Cover Oregon.
- Interfaces with tribal health plans, much like SHOP, remain unfinished and on hold indefinitely.
Cover this fall Oregon has emerged as a political disaster and business, both Oregon and Oracle. Exchange of Oracle stopped paying in September, after it became clear that he could not deliver the change in functional health promised time. The company had already paid more than $ 90 million.
Other politicians have called for the leaders of Oracle solves the problem with the company money. Critics have criticized to be in touch on the cover of Oregon. He admitted that he was in contact, praising the deployment exchange of good Oregon in a speech at the end of October, three weeks after the failure of the launch site.
The state was forced to pay millions of dollars in additional manual application rather than a functional change, recruitment and transfer of more than 400 state employees and processes for the implementation of temporary work.
Oracle has released more bodies at the problem, including some of its experts in high technology. By December, according to the bills of Oracle, which had about 170 companies working on the project covering Oregon, many of billing more than $ 300 per hour.
The company has repeatedly declined to comment.
Goldberg, director of change, said that if the site cannot offer complete self- registration to the public March 31, the exchange should consider alternatives to proceed with Oracle to complete the site. These options could include hiring a different firm to complete the site, or get systems and from other states or the federal government.
This analysis is conducted by the consulting firm Deloitte Technology Inc., which is expanding its presence in Oregon as contracts covering Oracle.
Deloitte served as a systems integrator, or CEO of several exchanges in the state with more success. Oregon made the fateful decision not to hire a systems integrator to monitor your business, instead of putting the project into the hands of Oracle.The state has hired a law firm in Portland to explore possible litigation against Oracle.