KATU reporter Hillary Lake went to Lawson’s home Friday night to get her perspective on what really happened with the website and explain her relationship with Oracle. Lawson came to the door but, as soon as she saw KATU’s camera and microphone, she turned around and walked away. Lake knocked several more times and Lawson didn’t return to the door.
Lawson was in charge of overseeing the development of the Cover Oregon website. But as KATU’s On Your Side Investigators first reported, her vision for modernizing the state’s entire health and social service IT infrastructure as part of the insurance exchange, using untried Oracle software, overly complicated the project. By May 2013, top Cover Oregon staffers were alarmed that the broken platform she delivered would not be ready in time for the Oct. 1 ‘go-live’ date.
Cover Oregon didn't publicly acknowledge any of that concern until last month. A working website is still weeks – if not months – away from completion. Before her resignation, Lawson gave other media outlets conflicting answers about her role in the failure. Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King, who was subjected to withering criticism for his handling of the Cover Oregon stepped aside last month, citing health reasons, and is on medical leave. He’s been replaced by Dr. Bruce Goldberg, the Director of the Oregon Health Authority, who hired Lawson in 2011.
Gov. John Kitzhaber last week called for an independent investigation of the entire Cover Oregon project.
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