November 19, 2013
It’s been several weeks since HealthCare.gov was supposed to be fully up and running, but one official said that between 60 and 70% of the website hasn’t even been built yet.
— Rep. Cory Gardner (@repcorygardner) November 19, 2013
At a congressional hearing Tuesday, Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Henry Chao said while the front end of the site — the part most people actually see, where you can compare plans and apply for enrollment — was finished for the Oct. 1 rollout, the backend is still a long way from completion.
“The back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be [built],” Chao said.
UPDATE: Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters told BuzzFeed in an email it’s actually the other way around, meaning 30 to 40% of the website still needs to be built.
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