Key Part of ObamaCare May Not be Ready in Time
Insurance exchange website misses deadline, may not be secure
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 8:40 AM CDT
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Don't hold your breath to start buying health insurance at the federal health exchange in October: it may not be ready in time. The contractor charged with developing security for the Health Insurance Marketplace website has missed its deadline to prove the system is secure, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General, per the Tennessean. That's a big problem, because the website will ask people for their Social Security and income details. If there are any more delays, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "may not have a full assessment of system risks and security controls needed for the security authorization decision by the initial opening period," says the report.

This is not the first deadline that has been missed, notes the Tennessean: the government is two months behind in funding and training the community outreach officers who will teach people how to navigate the exchange, and then there was that one-year mandate delay. But CMS—which has so far paid $394 million to contractors for the exchange—says it has now "prioritized" testing, so the site should be ready in time. "CMS ... is confident the Hub will be operationally secure and it will have authority to operate prior to Oct. 1," the administrator wrote in a letter.

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NorCalHal
Aug 8, 2013 7:25 PM CDT
Of the three doctors I have asked, two said they are NOT looking forward to the implementation of ObummerCare. Many have said that the paperwork has NEVER gone down under ANY government program.
hog_one
Aug 8, 2013 5:31 AM CDT
I may not have this totaly correct. But I saw yesterday where congress has passed a bill that would give them the same coverage as any other federal worker, that also covered their staff. It's so nice to know they can agree on something for their good, but can't agree on something for my good.
crankydude
Aug 8, 2013 2:53 AM CDT
Prove it is secure? I will finish this comment later: I can't breathe, I am laughing so hard!