HHS changes con­trac­tors for Oba­macare web­site

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

The Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices is switch­ing con­trac­tors for the gov­ern­ment’s trou­bled health care web­site, a de­ci­sion it says came months be­fore the online mar­ket­place opened and mul­ti­ple prob­lems were iden­ti­fied.

A depart­ment of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day its con­tract with Ver­i­zon sub­sidiary Ter­re­mark ends in March. A new con­tract was awarded to Hewlet­tPackard Co. in July. The Wall Street Jour­nal first re­ported on the change in con­trac­tors.

Ter­re­mark was re­spon­si­ble for what’s known as the fed­eral data ser­vices hub, a con­duit for ver­i­fy­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from peo­ple ap­ply­ing for ben­e­fits un­der the new health care law. The hub has ex­pe­ri­enced out­ages blamed on Ter­re­mark.

The depart­ment of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss on­go­ing op­er­a­tions by name and spoke only on con­di­tion of anonymity.

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