- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Another top official of Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange has resigned.

Cover Oregon officials said Chief Operating Officer Triz delaRosa relinquished her duties on Tuesday but will remain as an adviser with the exchange until May 16.

DelaRosa is the fifth official connected to the development of Oregon’s exchange to resign.

Her position was filled by Mark Schmidt, a consultant with the Portland firm Hamstreet & Associates that specializes in turning around struggling businesses.

Clyde Hamstreet, that firm’s founder, took over Cover Oregon’s executive director role earlier this month after interim executive director Bruce Goldberg resigned. Cover Oregon’s board hired the firm to run Cover Oregon, assess the organization’s business operations and financial management, and recommend a restructuring plan.

Schmidt will be paid $260 an hour, according to the Hamstreet contract.

Gov. John Kitzhaber directed Cover Oregon’s board to replace delaRosa and Chief Information Officer Aaron Karjala in March, after an independent investigation found state managers repeatedly failed to heed reports about problems that prevented the exchange from launching.

But the board did not have the authority to fire Karjala or delaRosa. Karjala resigned three weeks ago.

Cover Oregon’s exchange portal is still not fully operational and does not allow the general public to sign up for coverage in one sitting. Instead, Oregonians must use a costly and time-consuming hybrid paper-online process to sign up for insurance.

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