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ObamaCare sign-up date pushed to Christmas 
By Elise Viebeck

Federal health officials announced a delay Friday for people seeking ObamaCare coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2014.

Rather than signing up for health insurance by Dec. 15, as previously required, these users will have until Dec. 23 to choose their plans.

The policies will still begin on Jan. 1 of next year, said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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“Rep. Elijah Cummings Nails Issa for Leaking Obamacare Misinformation”


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November 8, 2013

The Honorable Darrell E. Issa

Chairman

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

Yesterday, you went on national television and made extremely serious allegations against U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, essentially accusing them of lying to the American people about the Healthcare.gov website.  You then used these alleged falsehoods to justify your threat to subpoena Mr. Park to force him to appear before the Committee next week to answer your allegations.  Based on information obtained by the Committee a full week ago, however, it appears that your attacks against Mr. Park and Mr. Carney are unfounded and that your statements yesterday either misunderstood or mischaracterized the information the Committee obtained.  In either case, I believe it is important to correct the public record, and I request that you apologize to these officials for the unsubstantiated accusations against them.

Unfounded Accusations Against Mr. Park and Mr. Carney

Yesterday, you launched a public attack against Mr. Park and Mr. Carney, accusing them of intentionally making false statements about the number of users that were anticipated for the Healthcare.gov website.

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“CMS mantra: It’ll work by December”


POLITICO

By Kyle Cheney

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November’s shaping up to be a major test of Obamacare functionality.

That’s when new features of the health law’s enrollment system — some of which have been put off repeatedly because of insufficient testing — are slated to go online. Among them: online enrollment in the marketplace for small businesses, a Spanish-language enrollment website and the transfer of Medicaid applications from the feds to the states.

Administration officials are insisting that the already-stressed system will run smoothly for most potential enrollees by the end of next month, but they’re shedding little light on what’s left on the so-called punch list that the administration’s tech experts are plowing through.

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Marilyn Tavenner, who runs the federal agency that oversees the enrollment process, told lawmakers Tuesday that some of HealthCare.gov’s functions were postponed because of a “compressed time frame” for testing.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obamacare-cms-enrollment-november-99060.html#ixzz2jCNHdfvm

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“5 key questions await developers of healthcare.gov”


NBC NEWS

By Gil Aegerter
Staff Writer, NBC News

Executives of companies that built key parts of the federal government’s troubled health-insurance website will have some explaining to do when they appear before a congressional committee Thursday, just weeks after the companies assured the lawmakers that the healthcare.gov website was on course for a smooth launch.

Since executives from the companies last appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Sept. 10, the website that is a critical to implementing President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act has gotten off to a rocky start, with technical glitches preventing many consumers from even creating accounts, much less signing up for health insurance.

The problems with the online exchange — intended to allow Americans to comparison shop for coverage and then sign up for their preferred policy — have fired up critics of the “Obamacare” law, giving them new hope that they can delay it or even repeal it. The early snafu also has prompted a full-court press by the administration to get it up and running, thereby containing the political damage and keeping implementation of the law on schedule.

It’s against this tumultuous backdrop that officials of two of the main contractors hired to build the website – CGI Federal, the lead firm on healthcare.gov with $300 million in contracts, and software maker QSSI – will testify on Thursday.

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