Washington (CNN) - November insurance plan enrollment on the federal HealthCare.gov website is expected to be higher than the previous month's numbers, the Obama administration said Monday.
Final November numbers, still being prepared for a mid-December release, will show more Americans enrolled while a massive effort took place to repair the website.
Washington (CNN) - A moment of truth approaches for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms with Saturday's self-imposed deadline to get the website to work properly for most users.
Obama and officials in charge of HealthCare.gov say the "vast majority" of people who go to the website to sign up at the end of the month will have a much improved experience than the crashes, error messages and delays users faced when it launched October 1.FULL STORY
Updated 3:15 p.m. ET, 11/22/2013
(CNN) – The Obama administration announced Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services will extend a key Obamacare deadline by one week.
Americans can now sign up through December 23 in order to have health coverage start on January 1, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
(CNN) - A newly disclosed report indicates that officials in the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services received warnings from a private consultant group that the federal online healthcare enrollment site could potentially fail to function properly for the October 1 launch date.
The analysis by McKinsey & Company was requested by the White House. It identified various problems with the exchange, including limited testing time and resources before the launch, and found that call-in centers wouldn't function properly if the website malfunctioned.
(CNN) – The Department of Health and Human Services is trying to prove that all is not lost with the so-far disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, insisting there are people who have found that the website worked just fine.
"The site was very easy to use," said a New Hampshire woman identified as Deborah L. in an online video touted Saturday in a new HHS blog post. The video is dated October 22.
Updated 4:19 p.m. ET, 11/6/2013
(CNN) - A stack of daily updates written by Obamacare contractors shows the October rollout hit more walls than previously known: In the first days, half of the calls to the phone center had problems, paper applications could not be processed and up to 40,000 people at a time were sitting in the waiting room of http://www.HealthCare.gov.
The 175 pages of internal updates during the sign-up chronicle the growing ailments and efforts to heal the system during October. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Darrell Issa, obtained the documents from contractors involved and released them Wednesday.
"50% of the call center calls have issues," reads an entry on day three of the sign-up. "Anecdotal evidence supports a widerspread problem (with the call centers)," the October 3 document says.
Washington (CNN) - A House Republican aide told CNN Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius missed an extended deadline set by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to respond to its request for documents and information about the HealthCare.gov website. That could trigger a congressional subpoena from Republicans.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, first issued the request in a letter on October 10, setting an initial deadline of October 24. He extended the deadline to Monday at the close of business after receiving no response the first time. Issa indicated he would consider issuing a subpoena if Sebelius missed the second deadline.
(CNN) - Health insurance enrollment is just a phone call away.
At least that's the message President Barack Obama and Department of Health and Human Services officials have been pushing as an alternative to the embarrassing technical challenges with the enrollment website.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The Health and Human Services Department responded Friday to the House Oversight Committee’s threat of a subpoena, saying the department is working to provide the information requested by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, on the technical problems with the Obamacare website.
“We have told the Committee repeatedly that we intend to accommodate their interest in better understanding our efforts to implement the ACA,” HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement. “The Committee sent us an extremely broad request for documents on October 10 - while the government was still shut down - and asked that we produce these materials within two weeks.”
Washington (CNN) - It appears the White House and House Republicans are engaged in a bitter game of telephone.
The spat started when word spread that House Democrats would receive a briefing from the Department of Health and Human Services on the Affordable Care Act. Michael Hash, who leads the HHS Office of Health Reform, will meet with the Democratic caucus at their weekly meeting to discuss Obamacare's rollout - the first administration official to brief Congress since healthcare.gov launched on October 1.