Oregon to use Kentucky software for Medicaid

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Oregon is planning to transfer an online Medicaid enrollment system from Kentucky after giving up on its own troubled software.

Oregon’s Medicaid director, Judy Mohr Peterson, told a state legislative committee about the plan on Monday.

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Kentucky’s health insurance exchange, kynect, has been applauded as a success story. Oregon’s exchange, called Cover Oregon, became a political embarrassment for Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber when it failed to launch.

Oregon and its main technology contractor, Oracle, have filed lawsuits against each other.

Once the transfer is complete, Oregon will use a federal website to enroll people in private insurance and the Kentucky software to manage enrollments in the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid.