- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Cover Oregon has announced 62 layoffs in connection with the shutdown of the failed health insurance exchange.

Oregon’s Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development received notice of the mass layoff in a letter dated Jan. 8.

Cover Oregon executive director Aaron Patnode told the agency that layoffs will occur in March and April. Most employees being let go work in customer service.

The state abandoned the exchange in April after deciding it was cheaper to switch to the federal site than to fix Cover Oregon. At the time, officials warned there would be layoffs in 2015.

Lawmakers plan to pass a bill dissolving Cover Oregon early in the 2015 Legislative session.

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