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The Technology Behind Obamacare

The Oct. 1 launch of 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.


The Obama Administration Is Looking for the Next Obamacare Website Contractor

July 17 The bid is probably not going to CGI Federal.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, left, talks with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

Administration Got What It Deserved in Botched Rollout, Report Says

June 19 Lawmakers attribute the website’s initial failure poor IT and management. Gets a Redesign for Obamacare Enrollment’s 1st Birthday

June 6 Some fear the overhaul won’t be done in time and could result in a failed open season.

MNsure insurance exchange representatives Carlos Villanueva, left, and Emily Joyce prepare for the Oct. 1 open enrollment debut at the center in St. Paul, Minn.

2 Million Obamacare Enrollments Have Data Inconsistencies

June 4 The discrepancies could be the result of false information or changes in circumstances, AP reports.

State-Based Obamacare Exchanges Cost Far More Than the Federal Marketplace

May 2 Hawaii spent $920 for each new consumer, while Florida spent only $16.

This Is Who Actually Enrolled in Obamacare

May 1 About 28 percent of enrollees were in the vital 18-to-34-year-old range.

Oregon's Health Care Website Is Worse Than

April 24 It's so bad, an advisory panel recommended Thursday that the state move to the federal exchange.

Heartbleed Means Users Must Reset Passwords

April 19 The online marketplace's homepage directs users to change their login information.

Flagging Tweets Didn't Weigh Down Late Obamacare Enrollments

April 18 The White House drastically slowed its #GetCovered Twitter campaign after March 31.

Federal Websites Avoid Heartbleed Risks, DHS Says

April 11 But Akamai systems powering the Obamacare website contained the data-leaking vulnerability. Still Glitchy for Medicaid Enrollees

April 10 The size of the problem is hard to pinpoint, as experiences vary by state and info is largely anecdotal.

An information table advertising California's health care exchange sits in downtown Los Angeles in January.

Remember the Woes? State Exchanges Had the Same Problems

April 3 Issa argues state exchanges were redundant and unnecessary.

Two Atlanta residents fill out HealthCare.Gov applications at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus Monday.

Obamacare Clears 7 Million Sign-Ups

April 1 A last-minute surge gives the White House a major victory.

Obamacare Sees Social Media Surge Ahead of #Deadline

March 31 struggles to meet demand Monday.

More Glitches Hit Obamacare Site on Sign-Up Deadline

March 31 Technical problems strike again as last-minute shoppers flood the site with traffic. Shows Symptoms of Its Own on Final Enrollment Day

March 31 The site was down for maintenance Monday morning.

Obamacare Enrollment Tops 6 Million

March 27 The White House clears a major milestone with four days left in the enrollment window. Visits Surge Ahead of Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

March 26 Consumers must try to sign up for a plan by March 31. Bugs and 16 Other Ways to Qualify for an Obamacare Extension

March 26 The administration releases a long list of loopholes to the enrollment deadline.

Obamacare Enrollment Deadline Extended for Victims

March 26 Consumers who say they tried to sign up for health coverage before the March 31 deadline will get more time.