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Obama Is Recruiting Tech Geniuses to Save America

The goal: hire 500 by the end of 2016

(Newser) - Maybe still smarting over the embarrassment of the HealthCare.gov launch, President Obama has since snatched up about 140 of the nation’s brightest minds to redo its technological infrastructure. The recruits came from Amazon, Twitter, Google, and other companies at the forefront of the Silicon Valley, and all were... More »

800K ObamaCare Enrollees Get Bogus Tax Data

They've got to wait to file until corrected forms go out

(Newser) - ObamaCare generated positive headlines earlier this week when the White House announced that a better-than-expected total of 11.4 million people had enrolled through its exchanges. Today, not so much. The White House says that incorrect tax information got sent out to about 800,000 enrollees, who now must wait... More »

ObamaCare Deadline Extended After More Glitches

Dems seek 2nd chance for millions facing penalties

(Newser) - The ObamaCare enrollment period has officially ended for another year—but few will be flabbergasted to learn that yet more computer glitches have complicated the process. Federal officials say there will now be a "special enrollment" period ending Sunday for people who couldn't register because of technical problems... More »

100K Got ObamaCare on Day 1: White House

HHS secretary says website is running pretty smoothly

(Newser) - After last year's dismal debut HealthCare.gov is feeling much better now, and is busily connecting Americans with health care plans as the second sign-up period opened yesterday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said today. The site took in 100,000 new applications in its first 24... More »

It's Back: 'Not Perfect' HealthCare.gov Now Open

Officials look to avoid new round of headaches

(Newser) - HealthCare.gov is back in action. As of yesterday, visitors can "window-shop" for plans, seeing what's available before open enrollment begins on Saturday, USA Today reports. Are we in for the technological mess that plagued the site last year? "Things will not be perfect," acknowledges the... More »

Feds: Hackers Hit ObamaCare Server

Malware installed but no data stolen

(Newser) - Hackers managed to breach the ObamaCare website this summer, federal authorities say, but it doesn't sound like they were very ambitious ones: Officials say no data was stolen and servers containing personal information were not accessed, CNN reports. Instead, what appeared to be fairly standard malware was uploaded but... More »

US May Be Paying Wrong ObamaCare Subsidies to 1M

Software glitch can't resolve income discrepancies: report

(Newser) - More than 1 million people who enrolled in ObamaCare might be getting the wrong amount of money in their subsidies—either too high or too low—because of a big software glitch that has yet to be fixed, reports the Washington Post . It's a relatively simple problem: When they... More »

Heartbleed Fears Prompt ObamaCare Password Reset

No sign site has been compromised: White House

(Newser) - People who have accounts on the enrollment website for ObamaCare are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. All enrollee passwords have been reset, the White House says, per CNN . Senior administration officials said there... More »

ObamaCare Signups Surge Past 7M Target

More than 7M poised to sign up as of yesterday

(Newser) - Experts didn't think the White House could reach a goal of 7 million ObamaCare signups as of yesterday—but it looks like their forecasts were wrong. Officials say the administration was on track to receive more than 7 million signups, in line with the original Congressional Budget Office target... More »

ObamaCare Site Suffers Day's 2nd Round of Glitches

Procrastinators flooding website on deadline day

(Newser) - As the clock ticked toward ObamaCare's midnight deadline, a second round of glitches hit HealthCare.gov today, this time blocking new users from applying. The site is now back up and running, Politico reports, but its "virtual waiting room was triggered," and the Obama administration reported that... More »

ObamaCare Deadline Not Exactly March 31 Anymore

Loophole opened, relies on honor system

(Newser) - With the deadline for enrollment just days away, the Obama administration has decided the cutoff date for ObamaCare isn't as quite as firm as earlier advertised. The administration says people who have had trouble signing up for coverage on HealthCare.gov before the March 31 deadline will have until... More »

HealthCare.gov's No. 1 Traffic Source: Funny or Die

Obama's appearance on 'Between Two Ferns' has effect

(Newser) - President Obama's appearance on online comedy show "Between Two Ferns" appears to have paid off: The Funny or Die website that hosts Zach Galifianakis' show is now the leading driver of traffic to HealthCare.gov, reports the Washington Post . A White House health care spokesperson says traffic surged... More »

ObamaCare Site Can't Fix Enrollment Errors

Appeals system yet to be built

(Newser) - Months after its botched rollout, the ObamaCare website is still missing a way to fix enrollment errors, government data obtained by the Washington Post reveals. Tens of thousands of people affected by the errors have had to fill in a seven-page appeal form and send it to a federal contractor'... More »

HealthCare.gov Still 'Dangerous': Security Experts

But site's operators say no attacks have yet succeeded

(Newser) - More than three months into its disastrous rollout, HealthCare.gov is still wide open to hackers despite pleas that date back to October to fix more than 20 vulnerabilities, a group of security experts says. Users' personal information and computers could be commandeered, they tell Reuters , and hackers could damage... More »

HealthCare.gov Hits 1.1M Signups

ObamaCare saw big December surge ahead of deadline

(Newser) - HealthCare.gov is showing signs of life, the AP reports, with more than 1.1 million Americans now having signed up via the much-maligned government website. Almost 1 million of those came during a December surge, which both underscores how awful the first two months were (27,000 signups in... More »

2 States Stop Paying Builder of Bungled Health Care Sites

Vermont is asking for a refund, and Massachusetts is considering it

(Newser) - The federal health care exchange isn't the only one that CGI Federal screwed up. The much-maligned contractor also built seven exchanges for individual states, and now two of those states—Massachusetts and Vermont—have stopped payment, with Vermont even requesting a refund, thanks to the company's failure to... More »

Surprise! ObamaCare Deadline Extended One Day

You now have until tomorrow to buy

(Newser) - Because people love nothing more than shopping on Christmas Eve, the Obama administration today extended by 24 hours the deadline to sign up for a health care plan that would kick in on the first of the year, CNN Money reports. The move is such a last-minute surprise that when... More »

HealthCare.gov Contractor's Dodgy Past Slipped By Feds

Red flags should have stopped CGI from getting ObamaCare gig

(Newser) - It turns out there were even more reasons the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shouldn't have picked the free-wheeling and allegedly shady CGI Federal to build HealthCare.gov. When CGI was vetted back in 2007, it didn't have any obvious black marks on its record, the Washington ... More »

At 11th Hour, Obama Eases Health Care Mandate

People who lost policies can claim hardship exemption

(Newser) - In a surprise move, the Obama administration essentially lifted the individual mandate last night for anyone who saw their insurance policy cancelled thanks to the Affordable Care Act, just days before the Dec. 23 deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage. These consumers will be able to apply for... More »

15K Health Site Users' Data Didn't Reach Insurers

Plus: Thousands hit with wrong enrollments, denials

(Newser) - The White House is releasing new data on the effectiveness of HealthCare.gov, and many of the figures aren't pretty. The Washington Post reports that the registrations of nearly 15,000 people who signed up for plans failed to arrive in insurers' inboxes, at least at first. Things have... More »

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