administration revamps federal healthcare website: WSJ
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[June 06, 2014]
(Reuters) - The Obama administration is revamping the health
insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov and removing significant parts from
it to ensure that glitches on the site do not return, the Wall Street
Journal reported, citing presentations to health insurers and interviews
with government officials and contractors.
The revamp and its tight timeline are raising concerns that
consumers could encounter another troubled rollout when they return
to the site to choose health plans, the paper said.
Open enrollment on the site for 2015 coverage starts Nov. 15 with a
new homepage and tools.
A system to automate payments to insurers was running behind
schedule, the WSJ reported, quoting a presentation that federal
officials made to health insurers. (http://link.reuters.com/pup89v)
The government is turning its focus to cloud computing from
Amazon.com Inc's web services unit to host many of these functions,
the paper said.
Amazon was not available for comment outside regular business hours.
The poor performance of HealthCare.gov in October was the first in a
series of setbacks that posed a political challenge for President
Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.
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Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews
Burwell as Obama's new health secretary, making her chiefly
responsible for implementing the controversial healthcare law known
(Reporting by Shailaja Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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