He was the highest profile casualty of Oregon’s health insurance exchange disaster.
Bruce Goldberg, the respected, long-time director of the Oregon Health Authority, offered to resign on March 18. Two days later, with the Cover Oregon tech mess going from bad to worse, Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that he’d shown Goldberg the door.
The resignation was “effective immediately,” said officials in the governor’s office.
Or so we thought.
It turns out, Goldberg never really left and is now drawing a full-time salary from the state. Oregon officials confirm Goldberg returned to full-time status at the Oregon Health Authority on May 15 and will use his accrued vacation pay until July 18.
He’s getting paid $14,425 a month.
In a March 20 press conference, Kitzhaber blamed Goldberg’s decisions as major reason for the Cover Oregon debacle, and portrayed his resignation as a measure of accountability. “Those were his calls,” Kitzhaber said.