• CMS: 30-40% of federal marketplace remains to be built

    November 19, 2013

    More than a third of the ‘back end’ infrastructure still remains to be built in the federally-run marketplace, top IT official at CMS says Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

  • Obamacare consultants warned HHS of ACA website failure

    November 19, 2013

    Consultants hired by the Obama administration told top officials at the White House and U.S. health department as early as March that construction of the government’s insurance website was at risk of failure, according to a document released by congressional Republicans.

  • Fed tech issues hurting state-run exchanges

    November 18, 2013

    The technology issues plaguing the federal exchanges have hampered enrollment in state-run exchanges — which are largely free of glitches — causing some states to modify their marketing techniques.

  • ‘Have you spoken to the carriers,' Mr. President?

    November 14, 2013

    An agent explains the difficult steps that would need to be taken to renew canceled plans, while a health insurance trade group says the president’s announcement Thursday could “destabilize the market.”

  • Enrollment numbers would ‘surely be higher’ if brokers involved

    November 14, 2013

    Brokers operating in the federally run exchange states remain frustrated with broker functions on the website, as the government announces lop-sided enrollment numbers for the state versus federal exchanges.

  • Obama attempts to mend health insurance cancellation problem

    November 11, 2013

    As the president directs aides to look for solutions to the health plan cancellations, the White House’s chief technology officer will appear before Congress this week after being subpoenaed to do so.

  • Employee-sponsored health care enters ‘big data’ age

    November 8, 2013

    We’re living in the age of big data, so why has so little changed in how we make our health insurance decisions, asks Liazon co-founder Alan Cohen. The private exchange entrepreneur makes the case why benefits should meet technology.

  • Republicans dismiss Obama’s ACA apology, tout bill to keep health plans

    November 8, 2013

    President Barack Obama said he’s sorry that thousands of Americans are losing their medical insurance as a result of his health care law, as his administration works to contain the political damage from the troubled roll-out of his signature domestic achievement.

  • UBA launches two private exchanges

    November 6, 2013

    United Benefit Advisors is the latest group to launch private exchanges, though these are limited to brokers who are UBA members, there is one for small and one for large employers alike.

  • Brokers’ ACA concerns slowly gaining traction in Washington

    November 6, 2013

    After Tuesday’s news that CMS wants to recruit more brokers to enroll consumers on, the group made the first public announcement Wednesday about a broker-focused website improvement.

  • CMS wants more brokers on exchanges

    November 5, 2013

    While the top exchange leader confirmed Tuesday that 70,000 agents have completed federal training, documents obtained by Republicans suggest CMS might begin outreach to get more professionals involved.

  • Expedited ACA website bidding limited choice of contractors

    November 4, 2013

    The race to construct an online insurance exchange by Oct. 1 spurred the Obama administration to use an expedited bidding system that limited its choice of a builder to just four companies, including CGI Group.

  • Brokers, consumers ‘at a standstill’ in Arkansas

    November 4, 2013

    President Obama touted this state as exemplary Wednesday in his health care speech, but one broker says there was a loophole for those who were able to enroll.

  • Advisers challenge ‘substandard’ label on canceled health plans

    October 30, 2013

    The White House calls the nationwide uptick in health plan cancellations a result of “substandard policies” being eliminated, but advisers express concern over resulting rate hikes.

  • Obama, Sebelius rush to defend ACA with Massachusetts example

    October 30, 2013

    A day after her deputy apologized for the failures with the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius followed suit and told Congress that she shoulders the blame for the botched rollout.

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