Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mixed reviews for updated Obamacare web site

Mixed reviews for updated Obamacare web site

Counselors helping people use the federal government’s online health exchange are giving mixed reviews to the updated site, with some zipping through the application process while others are facing the same old sputters and even crashes. The Obama administration had promised a vastly improved shopping experience on healthcare.gov by the end of November, and this […]

Another shutdown for Obamacare’s troubled website

Another shutdown for Obamacare’s troubled website

A crucial weekend for the troubled website that is the backbone of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul appears to be off to a shaky start, as the U.S. government took the HealthCare.gov site offline for an unusually long maintenance period into Saturday morning. Just hours before the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline to get the insurance […]

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Contractor hired without bids for HealthCare.gov web site

Caught flat-footed by the challenges of building the financial-management and accounting parts of the U.S. government’s new online marketplace for health insurance, officials rushed to hire a familiar contractor without seeking competing bids, according to government procurement documents reviewed by Reuters. The documents dated in August – less than two months before the opening of […]

Finally, some good news on Obamacare’s web site?

Finally, some good news on Obamacare’s web site?

There won’t be a magic moment, but the Obama administration‘s much-maligned health insurance website should be able to weather an expected year-end crush of customers, officials asserted Friday. A combination of software fixes, design changes, added hardware and newly announced wiggle room should provide the right combination to finally deliver a workable website, White House […]

Official warned in July that HeathCare.gov would ‘crash’

Official warned in July that HeathCare.gov would ‘crash’

Almost three months before the botched launch of HealthCare.gov, a U.S. health official expressed frustration with a main contractor working on the website, fearing quality assurance issues could “crash the plane at take-off,” according to government documents obtained by Reuters. The documents were released by Republican investigators with the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce […]

Serious security issues for Obamacare web site?

Serious security issues for Obamacare web site?

Obama administration officials are facing mounting questions about whether they cut corners on security testing while rushing to meet a self-imposed deadline to launch online health insurance markets. Documents show that the part of HealthCare.gov that consumers interact with directly received only a temporary six-month security certification because it had not been fully tested before […]

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout. The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut […]

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Lots of red flags during Health Care Exchange web site development

Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions […]

Obama plays the blame game

Obama plays the blame game

President Barack Obama is taking aim at Senate Republicans, accusing them of playing politics with measures that would extend benefits to the unemployed and increase lending to small businesses. Striking a deeply partisan tone in his weekly Saturday radio and online address, Obama said the GOP leadership has chosen to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct […]