Declaring that it would be foolish to switch contractors during an open-enrollment period, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended by six months the web technology services contract of Accenture, which was called in to fix the many glitches that plagued the launch of HealthCare.Gov in November 2013.

The next open-enrollment period to sign up for health care on the site opens Nov. 15 and closes Feb. 15, 2015. Accenture's original $90 million contract was set to expire in January but will now last until July 10, 2015.

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