, who was forced to resign in December, this week filed a tort claim notice, which is a required precursor to filing a lawsuit against the state.
Lawson oversaw the initial development of Cover Oregon, the state-level exchange created in connection with President Barack Obama's national health care policy reforms.
Those officials and others "responded to the criticism by organizing, encouraging, allowing, tolerating and/or engaging in a substantial cover-up" meant to protect "selected individuals" while "unfairly and untruthfully pointing the finger at others," including Lawson
, adds the letter, which was obtained by the Oregonian newspaper.
Lawson became CIO at the OHA in July 2011.
expressed discomfort at doing such things and asked for the opportunity to publicly share what she
believed were the reasons for the site's problems, the potential defendants instead "privately threatened and publicly scapegoated" Lawson
before ultimately firing her
, the letter claims.
The alleged cover-up was based on two contentions, according to the letter.
One was that due to mismanagement by Lawson
, in May 2013 OHA
failed to deliver a properly working health site to Cover Oregon
staffers, who were "shocked" by the state of the project.
At one point, Wentz used threatening language toward Lawson
, it adds.
"Somebody has to be held to blame for this," Wentz allegedly told Lawson
As a result of her
"has suffered grievous financial, reputational and emotional injury" and is entitled to damages, the letter states.
files a lawsuit, it may not be the only one.