9:05 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Late last year the Wall Street Journal reported that Hewlett-Packard was replacing Verizon's Terremark subsidiary as the host of the federal government's Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, when Terremark's contract expired in March 2014. However, the Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded a $58 million, 7-month "Cloud Computing Logical Follow On" contract to Terremark to aid in the transition to Hewlett-Packard, saying that "[f]ailure to award this order will greatly jeopardize the Marketplace program and result in system performance issues of healthcare.gov."
HHS documents explain the need for the extension as follows:
The documents justifying the Limited Source contract were signed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contracting officers in late January, and were ultimately approved by new Chief Operating Officer Tim Love on February 19.
The award to Terremark is the latest in a string of contracts and contract modifications for the company related to Healthcare.gov. The most recent was reported just weeks ago that increased the value of Terremark's original contract to $60 million.
8:01 AM, Feb 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Details of the Healthcare.gov rescue in the fall of 2013 continue to dribble out via months-old contracts and modifications posted online.
7:07 AM, Jan 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that Accenture Federal Services would be taking over for CGI Federal as the main contractor for Healthcare.gov. CMS documents reveal that without the new estimated $91.1 million contract, the government could end up making "erroneous payments to providers and insurers" and that "the entire healthcare reform program [will be] jeopardized."
9:12 AM, Jan 6, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Six days into the new year and fourteen days after the extended December 23 deadline, the federal Obamacare website Healthcare.gov is still holding out hope of coverage beginning January 1 to some consumers.
9:51 AM, Dec 26, 2013 • By IKE BRANNON
After a month of trying, I still can't complete an application to join the D.C. Health Exchange. For a week, the Obamacare marketplace asked me to prove my citizenship, my daughter's existence, and my fixed address in the District of Columbia, but it would not allow me to submit the requested material.
8:34 AM, Dec 26, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
As the full breadth of the Healthcare.gov debacle became apparent, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) turned to the architect of the Federal Data Hub to lead the team of contractors to fix the woefully inadequate website that had disastrously launched just weeks before. As announced on October 25, Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), whose Data Hub turned out to be one of the better functioning systems of the Obamacare Marketplace, was named as the general contractor for the rescue effort. According to the Washington Post at the time, "details on the size of the contract were still being worked out."
7:36 AM, Dec 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama did not use Healthcare.gov to sign up for Obamacare. Instead, he sent his people to sign him up for the D.C. health care exchange in person.
As Politico reports:
Obama “was pleased to participate in a plan as a show of support for these marketplaces which are providing quality, affordable health care options to more than a million people,” the official added.
11:49 AM, Dec 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Examiner reports:
Officials launched healthcare.gov despite a warning from a top cybersecurity official that it wasn't ready, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee revealed Friday.
8:36 AM, Dec 19, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
As the October 1 launch of Healthcare.gov drew closer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) realized it was in trouble.
8:04 AM, Dec 18, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Healthcare.gov website has been plagued with problems since the October 1 launch.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:05 PM, Dec 4, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on Obamacare and why more speeches by the president will not save it.
Hosted by Michael Graham5:45 PM, Dec 3, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on President Obama's speech to the press today on the problems plaguing Healthcare.gov and Obamacare.
10:04 AM, Dec 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Peter Doocy of Fox News reports that Healthcare.gov has not been working properly today:
"Federal officials promised that healthcare.gov would work smoothly for a vast majority of users starting today. But that has not been the case so far because this morning the critical verification system is unavailable. That's the system that confirms identities and makes sure people are receiving proper coverage information.
10:27 AM, Nov 30, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In an interview with Barbara Walters on Friday, President Obama again acknowledged problems with the roll out of the Obamacare website Healthcare.gov.