The Technology Behind Obamacare
The Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov proved rocky. The website was supposed to help people choose and enroll in health care plans, as required under the Affordable Care Act, but most early visitors experienced only glitch-filled frustrations.
Below is Nextgov's continuing coverage of the technology that will make or break the Obama administration's signature policy initiative.
December 5 Medicare wants to standardize state Medicaid data.
December 5 Officials say the site is working for the vast majority of users after two months of poor performance.
December 4 Website fixes, spike in sign-ups may signal a turnaround for the law.
December 4 Site’s troubles prompt larger questions about government’s role in the economy.
December 4 Health plan providers are regularly providing technical feedback to the administration.
December 3 Follow key reporting on the Obama administration’s signature policy initiative.
December 3 Important pieces of the Obamacare site are still glitchy, or missing altogether.
December 3 HealthCare.gov mostly works for consumers now. Next it needs to work for insurers. And then healthy people need to sign up.
December 3 Engineers have put many insurance seekers in an online queue to avoid overwhelming the site.
December 2 In order to boast how far the federal site has come, HHS laid out how bad it used to be.
December 1 The site can now support 50,000 simultaneous users with response times under 1 second.
November 27 Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are still eligible to buy insurance through the exchanges, just not online.
November 26 Don't expect a clear victory nor a total disaster for the White House. The reality will be much muddier.
November 25 Follow key reporting on the Obama administration’s signature policy initiative.
November 25 Disparities between state and federal online exchanges are splintering America's health system.
November 25 With the deadline a week away, enrollment and website are improving—slowly.
November 22 Follow key reporting on the Obama administration’s signature policy initiative.
November 22 Moving the Dec. 15 deadline to Dec. 23 will squeeze insurance companies that are still grappling with bad information coming from the back end of HealthCare.gov.
November 21 Top CMS officials expressed concerns about HealthCare.gov days before the site's Oct. 1 launch.
November 21 Three missing back-end systems aren't needed until 2014 but were supposed to be done earlier.