The initial version of HealthCare.gov was so defective, it slowed and hindered the launch of Obamacare in 2013. Now, several iterations and glitch fixes later, today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching a more user-friendly version, dubbed 3.0 by reporters attending Friday’s preview.
The version available today still lacks features that HHS promises will be in place when open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACT) commences Nov. 1.
“The consumer experience this year will be easier and faster,” said Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS agency that runs the website.
The new site will use pop-ups as friendly reminders to facilitate sign-ups and will also make it easier for selecting dependent coverage.
HealthCare.gov now serves 38 states after Hawaii opted to close its state exchange this past summer.
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