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Health Insurance & Affordable Care Act

Federal health officials make substantial improvements, but say more needs to be done

WebMD News from HealthDay Still a Work in Progress

By Karen Pallarito

HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, Dec. 1, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The race to repair the U.S. government's troubled health insurance website by Nov. 30 has yielded a number of important fixes, but health officials on Sunday acknowledged that more work is needed to improve consumers' experience with the online marketplace.

"As we've said, with any web project there is not a magic moment but a process of continual improvement over time, and we will continue to work to make enhancements in the days, weeks and months ahead," said Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible for operating

Still, federal health officials declared the site much improved, ticking off a list of repairs and enhancements that have been made to the site, even as late as last night.

"The bottom line: on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st," Jeff Zients, an adviser to the Obama administration's top health officials, said in a rare Sunday news conference. He said that more than 400 "bugs" to the system have been fixed since work began in October, with the pace of fixes accelerating over time.

Zients, a management expert tapped to oversee the so-called "tech surge" needed to repair the hobbled website, will leave in January to become director of the National Economic Council.

As the gateway for millions of uninsured Americans in 36 states to enroll in a health plan, plays a crucial role in the ultimate success or failure of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's crowning domestic policy achievement.

Following the website's calamitous launch on Oct. 1, the administration conducted an assessment of the site to identify problems and needed fixes.

For "some weeks" in October, the site was down an estimated 60 percent of the time, the government acknowledged in a progress report issued Sunday.

A general contractor was appointed to coordinate the effort to overhaul the site. And a team of information technology experts has been working around the clock on a "punch list" of repairs, from boosting system capacity and debugging the system to improving users experience with the site.

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