CMS: ‘Entire Healthcare Reform Program Is Jeopardized’

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week said its decision to switch web developers for HealthCare.gov without competitive bidding was done because the "entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized" by the site's malfunctioning. In a 10-page document it released called "Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition," CMS said HealthCare.gov "urgently […]

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HHS Issues New Set of Health Care FAQs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued its 18th set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which took full force of the law this past Jan. 1. Among the many issues the FAQs address is that of indemnity policies, which provide indemnity payments to […]

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HealthCare.gov and the Never-Arriving Deadline

Even as it extended the deadline to midnight Dec. 24 for those seeking health coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014, HealthCare.gov  officials posted a message on the site that anyone who started enrollment by the deadline but couldn't finish due to heavy traffic or site issues would still have more time. A message late Tuesday […]

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HHS to Focus on the ‘Good, Bad & Ugly’ of Contracting

Following the mess that became the HealthCare.gov website, whose creation was awarded to a single contractor without competitive bidding, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ordering a review and putting new policies and personnel in place to clean up the contracting process. At the same time, the department announced that its January "Contracting with […]

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