Yesterday Massachusetts officials announced plans to default to Healthcare.gov, but also announced a quixotic sprint to try first try to rebuild the entire site in five months with a brand new, no-bid taxpayer-paid contract to health care software developer hCentive.
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The ‘policy geek’ picked to save Massachusetts’ Obamacare exchange
The CEO of the company expected to be hired to salvage Massachusetts’ crippled Obamacare exchange vowed his software will quickly prove itself so that the state won’t have to rely on an escape-hatch option of using the federal HealthCare.gov marketplace for enrollment next fall.
BOSTON—Massachusetts health officials said Monday they are scrapping the state’s problem-plagued insurance exchange in favor of a private company’s version used in other states, while considering connecting to the federal site as a backup.
RomneyCare’s pioneering health insurance exchange is headed for the scrap heap. Bay State officials are taking steps this week to junk central parts of their dysfunctional health insurance exchange — the model for President Barack Obama’s health care law — and merge with the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov.
Massachusetts health officials said Monday they are scrapping the state’s problem-plagued insurance exchange in favor of a private company’s version used in other states, while considering connecting to the federal site as a backup.
State and Optum officials, led by Special Assistant to the Governor for Project Delivery…
The nearest part of the U.S. mainland to Hawaii is California—but the Aloha State couldn’t be farther away from the Golden State when it comes to getting the most out of federal money to enroll people in Obamacare.
The rampant issues surrounding HealthCare.gov’s financial management platform were the primary cause for the ousting of key IT contractor CGI Federal and the quick appointment of Accenture Federal Services, a 10-page CMS document reveals. The “Justification for Other than Full and Open Competition” appeared on the CMS website this week, explaining why the government awarded Accenture a $90mn to fix the troubled exchange site without going through the typical six- to 12-month competitive procurement process.
The jury is still out on what went wrong with Obamacare’s HealthCare.gov web site, but one technology expert who had a hand in setting up several successful state exchanges says he thinks he knows what federal organizers could have done right.
There’s no way to tell how many people who think they enrolled for health insurance through the U.S. Obamacare exchange actually have, after about 1 in 4 files sent to insurers had garbled and incomplete information.