HealthCare.gov CEO: President Obama Will No Longer Be In Office When HC.gov’s Back End Is Expected to be Fully Complete | Energy & Commerce Committee

An important disclaimer: All those press releases about how the health care law is working – ignore them. We now have two open enrollment periods on the books (mostly) and the backend of HealthCare.gov is still not complete. Now, the HealthCare.gov CEO is disclosing the backend will not be complete before President Obama leaves the White House. Politico Pro reports this morning, “HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan told insurance brokers today that CMS is spending a lot of time focusing on how to improve the federal exchanges’ back-end functions and that the agency meets at least weekly with a group of insurance officials from large companies to discuss its two-year development plan.” Counihan added, “It’s not going to be as fast as everybody wants, but we’re going to get there. We’re going to make good progress this year and even more progress next year.”
The committee first uncovered that the backend of the health care exchange was not built in November 2013. The following month, then-Health and Human Services Secretary told the committee, “The financial management system, which is getting the insurance companies their money for accelerated tax credits and cost-sharing, is due to go into effect in mid-January.” That was “mid-January” of last year. Now, two open enrollment periods and more than 16 months after the exchanges first went live, the HealthCare.gov CEO reveals the backend will still not be complete for two more years.
via HealthCare.gov CEO: President Obama Will No Longer Be In Office When HC.gov’s Back End Is Expected to be Fully Complete | Energy & Commerce Committee.

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