recommended reading

HealthCare.gov’s Early Flaws Revealed, 1 Glitch Fixed, Blame the Contractors and Other News

wongwean/Shutterstock.com

The rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, has garnered a lot of attention from the media as well as technology analysts. Here's our daily roundup of some of the key reports you may have missed:

What Went Wrong? HealthCare.gov’s early problems were a combination of not enough server capacity to handle the volume of people seeking insurance through the site and glitches in the site itself that prevented people from registering and enrolling in insurance plans, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare or Medicaid Services, told lawmakers on Tuesday. The server capacity problems have been fixed but numerous glitches remain, she said.

Blame the Contractors: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lays some of the blame for the failed HealthCare.gov launch on contractors in prepared testimony for a Wednesday hearing. "CMS has a track record of successfully overseeing the many contractors our programs depend on to function. Unfortunately, a subset of those contracts for HealthCare.gov have not met expectations," Sebelius says.

One Security Glitch Fixed: The government has fixed what it called a “theoretical vulnerability” in HealthCare.gov’s password-reset process, Time reports. The site used to send password reset codes to registered users who were changing their passwords. The code could be viewed in the browsers’ developer tools and used to obtain the email address associated with the HealthCare.gov account, as well as which security questions the account-holder answered.

Enrollment Numbers Coming in Mid-November: CMS Director Tavenner declined to say how many people have enrolled in insurance plans through the online marketplace so far. The administration plans to release those figures in mid-November, she said, without indicating whether the marketplace is on track to have enough enrollees to make the president’s larger health care reform law cost effective.

--

The Recovery Board executive staff will discuss how they managed to build an effective goverment website at Nextgov Prime on Nov. 20. (Registration is free!)

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Modernizing IT for Mission Success

    Surveying Federal and Defense Leaders on Priorities and Challenges at the Tactical Edge

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • Effective Ransomware Response

    This whitepaper provides an overview and understanding of ransomware and how to successfully combat it.

    Download
  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.