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Dec 1, 2013

Obama administration says achieves key goal of fixing HealthCare.gov

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Two months after the disastrous launch of
a key component of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law,
administration officials on Sunday said they had achieved their
goal of getting HealthCare.gov operating smoothly but warned the
website will need more fixes.

Obama’s specially appointed adviser Jeffrey Zients said a
five-week emergency “tech surge” had doubled the capacity of the
online health insurance portal while making it more responsive
and less prone to errors.

Dec 1, 2013

White House to showcase HealthCare.gov fixes at crucial juncture

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Two months after Obamacare’s
disastrous launch, senior administration officials on Sunday
will seek to showcase the repairs to the government’s troubled
website meant to sign up millions of people who need subsidized
health insurance.

President Barack Obama’s specially appointed adviser,
Jeffrey Zients, is expected to describe the results of a
five-week emergency effort aimed at making the federal
HealthCare.gov website more accessible to users, more responsive
and less prone to errors, according to officials.

Nov 27, 2013

Even if website works, Obamacare could see trouble ahead

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration says
it is on target to make its problematic health insurance website
work smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by this weekend,
but some Americans who want coverage by Jan. 1 may not be able
to get it – even if they successfully navigate the portal and
sign up for a plan.

The problem, according to insurance industry officials and
other specialists, is that the administration is behind schedule
in building a computer program needed to help insurers verify
the names, insurance plan choices and other details of those who
sign up for health coverage under the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Nov 27, 2013

U.S. delays online health insurance enrollment for small businesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday postponed online health insurance enrollment for small businesses under Obamacare for one year, a move quickly seized upon by critics as proof the healthcare reform law should be delayed or replaced.

The announcement affecting businesses with 50 or fewer workers was the latest in a series of delays that have diminished the scope of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Nov 27, 2013

Even if health website works, Obamacare could see trouble ahead

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The Obama administration says
it is on target to make its problematic healthcare insurance
website work smoothly for the “vast majority” of users by this
weekend, but some Americans who want coverage by Jan. 1 might
not be able to get it – even if they successfully navigate the
portal and sign up for a plan.

The problem, according to insurance industry officials and
other specialists, is that the administration is behind schedule
in building a computer program needed to verify the names and
coverage choices of enrollees in the system created by the
Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

Nov 25, 2013

U.S. says new queuing system will help if HealthCare.gov gets too much traffic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday announced a plan to help HealthCare.gov visitors cope with online glitches if traffic surges after the troubled website is working smoothly for most people this weekend as promised.

Warning that the federal healthcare website will still be plagued by delays and outages in the weeks to come, an administration official said people who log on to shop or apply for subsidized health coverage will join a new “queuing system” if traffic exceeds a benchmark of 800,000 visitors.

Nov 20, 2013

Crucial Obamacare financial technology still unfinished -U.S. official

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Up to 40 percent of the
technology needed to run the new Obamacare health insurance
marketplace has not yet been built and will not be ready when
insurance companies start sending in bills when coverage begins
Jan. 1, the project manager of HealthCare.gov told the U.S.
Congress on Tuesday.

The missing “back-end” technology may not be ready until
mid-January, Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer for
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a House of
Representatives oversight subcommittee.

Nov 19, 2013

Obama was briefed in spring on widespread website problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with the government’s new health care website, was briefed last spring on a detailed consultant’s report that warned of system failure, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

Carney said the president’s familiarity with the report and recommendations by McKinsey & Co did not contradict previous statements from the White House that described Obama as surprised by the scope of flaws in HealthCare.gov since it opened for people to enroll for insurance coverage on October 1.

Nov 19, 2013

Obama administration was warned of Obamacare risks in March: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obama administration officials, including senior White House staff, were warned last spring of risks to the rollout of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, including the danger of scant testing, according to a report released by congressional investigators.

In a 14-part slide presentation, consulting firm McKinsey & Co said a compressed testing window could inhibit the administration’s ability to resolve problems with the website, HealthCare.gov, that could occur after the October 1 launch.

Nov 19, 2013

Officials say Obamacare website improves as Republicans pounce

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The race intensified on Monday between Republicans trying to discredit President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law and officials trying to repair the flawed website crucial to the success of his policy reform.

While Obama administration officials said they had made significant improvements to HealthCare.gov, Republicans began appealing to the public on Monday for personal accounts of negative experiences with the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

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