“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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