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Cover Oregon hires programming code specialists to double-check Oracle's work

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cover Oregon is hiring outside experts to ensure Oracle Corp. programmers are not also adding new bugs while working to fix the state's health insurance website.

The exchange's interim director, Bruce Goldberg, said Monday he's hiring people with the skills to look at programming code as it is being written to ensure "it is done correctly and we don't have to continue to go back and fix bugs in the system."

Until last month, Cover Oregon officials had maintained the website is not broken, it's just not finished. Now, Cover Oregon is hiring outside lawyers to review Oracle's work, withholding $18 million in payments and speaking with other software companies who have offered to help fix Oregon's problem.

"We'd like to have a website that is usable, that helps people enroll," Goldberg said of the project, which has already paid Oracle $90 million. "That's what we thought we were buying."

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