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A House Committee Approves Amendments to Make Cover Oregon More Transparent and Accountable


The House Committee on healthcare passed two amendments Monday that lawmakers hope will prevent more problems.

 

The amendments were introduced by State Representative Jason Conger of Bend.  He says this was the third time he'd push for the measures, and with the Democratic Committee Chair's help, they secured their passage.

 

"It's not a political statement.  It's an issue of policy and public trust.  My amendement have nothing to do with assigning blame.  It's not based on a political decision, but more aimed at transparency by giving the legislature the information it needs so it's made publicly available and reviewed by everyone."

 

The amendments will provide demographics to lawmakers about who is signing up for Cover Oregon to see if its sustainable.  They also require the head of Cover Oregon to make public the results of any investigation into the exchange.

 

The senate is expected to approve the amendments as well.


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