Nearly 4,000 applicants for a state programthat provides undocumented immigrants with pregnancy services were instead enrolled in full Oregon Health Plan coverage, contrary to federal law, thanks to problems with the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange.
State officials say they discovered the problem several weeks ago and are correcting it.
But wait. The latest claim from Democrats is you can’t possibly be so cruel and mean to take away ObamaCare now that so many people are allegedly enrolled. But we guess this is too humiliating even for them. Oh, and by the way, why are illegals receiving pregnancy services on the taxpayer dime?
The pregnancy program goof, however, is just one of many little-known problems that Oregon Health Plan members, providers, care groups and state officials have wrestled with as Oregon’s system for enrolling people undergoes chaotic change.
Little-known, thanks to an uncurious media. Meanwhile, Cover Oregan has been plagued with incompetence from the start. If only there was a group of people who saw this stuff coming:
“It’s been a mess for us,” said Jeff Heatherington, CEO of Family Care, Inc., one of the organizations that cares for Oregon Health Plan members in the Portland area. “It makes it very difficult for us to tie families together in our database. We can’t identify them, so we have to go through and set up a new data structure internally and then match addresses — all of which have been hand-entered so they don’t necessarily match.”