BOSTON – Open enrollment begins Saturday for health plans purchased through the state’s independent marketplace, and state officials believe this year’s launch will be far better than last year’s fiasco.
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The federal health insurance website is trying to resolve glitches and security questions raised by the Government Accountability Office, so people can safely and successfully sign up for insurance at open enrollment Nov. 15.
CMS will hold a crucial review with Massachusetts Health Connector officials this week and decide whether the state can keep a state-based exchange or be forced to default to the federal exchange for the upcoming enrollment period, sources tell Inside Health Policy.
Massachusetts will replace its failed online health-insurance exchange with another from a private company rather than shifting to the federally-run marketplace, a state health official said Friday. The state has been scrambling to replace the old system after a problem-plagued enrollment period late last year. In June, it cut ties with the system’s architect, CGI Group Inc.
Massachusetts has decided to revamp its beleaguered health website as opposed to joining the widely scrutinized federal health insurance website, according to multiple reports. The state had previously planned to drop its “dysfunctional” Massachusetts Health Connector website, which was plagued with technical issues ahead of the April 1 date that required most Americans to be enrolled in coverage that meets federal standards.
Massachusetts officials overseeing the state’s hobbled health care exchange decided Friday to stick with new software designed to upgrade the website rather than switching over to the federal government’s health insurance market.
Massachusetts will run its own health insurance exchange and won’t need to join the federal HealthCare.gov website, state officials announced Friday. A software system adapted for Massachusetts by the tech firm hCentive passed muster with the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a test late Thursday, giving officials confidence that it will be ready when enrollment for next year starts on Nov. 15.
More than nine months since the rocky launch of the nation’s public health insurance marketplaces, the state-level exchanges are still a work in progress. Collectively, more than 8 million people have signed up through the state marketplaces and the federal site, HealthCare.gov, since their inception, according to the Obama Administration’s April tally.
A new software system for the state’s health insurance website passed its first key test this week, and a final decision on whether Massachusetts will run its own site or join the federal exchange will be made in early August, a top state official said.
The head of the company brought on to fix the Bay State’s failed Obamacare website told the Herald he’s sure his company can get the Health Connector portal ready for a crucial fall relaunch — but stopped short of a guarantee.