The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service has announced that Accenture has been chosen to replace CGI Federal as the lead contractor for the Obamacare enrollment website that failed to work when it launched in October for millions of Americans shopping for health insurance.
A subsidiary of CGI Group, CGI Federal, built the website, HealthCare.gov that was plagued by error messages and slow speeds for weeks after the website was launched. These glitches created a political crisis for President Barack Obama and even threatened the roll-out of his signature healthcare law and emboldening Republican foes to call for its repeal.
“As CMS moves forward in our efforts to help consumers access quality, affordable health coverage, we have selected Accenture to become the lead contractor for the HealthCare.gov portal and to prepare for next year’s open enrollment period,” the agency said in a statement.
The contract was worth $45 million for the initial phase of the project, Accenture said. “Accenture will bring deep healthcare industry insight as well as proven experience building large-scale, public-facing websites to continue improving HealthCare.gov,” David Moskovitz, chief executive of Accenture Federal Services, said in a statement.
The deadline for signing up for 2014 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31.
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