Massachusetts implementation of Obamacare continues to cause problems, site will not be ready until June, and may need to be scrapped and restarted from scratch.
Massachusetts Health Connector officials, earlier this week, told board members that the number of paper applications waiting to be processed has grown from 50,000 to 54,000 over the past two weeks. The time to process the applications has been reduced to 39 minutes from two hours, however.
According to the Boston Globe Sarah Iselin, the consultant brought in to fix the beleaguered agency, said the site may not be fixed until June, and even then might be scrapped all together.
The Connector Authority also contracted, at a $1.1M price tag, with Dell Technology Services to fix the non-functioning file exchange system. This system is necessary to allow HIPPA compliant transfers to insurance companies. Under the original $3.45 million Romneycare compliant exchange the file transfers were happening. As outlined in the work order request , changes were necessitated by Obamacare’s new rules. “In addition, new Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements entail transmission of enrollment information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the purposes of enrollment reporting, payment of Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC) to QHP Issuers, and Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) reconciliation”, said the report.
Richard Tisei, a Republican candidate for Massachusetts 6th Congressional district said, “This entire situation is unnecessary. Only a few months ago Massachusetts had our own working enrollment system.”
The Daily Caller has asked Connector authority spokesman Jason Lefferts how much the manual processing of applications will cost the Commonwealth. He has been unable to provide an answer. The Boston Herald reports that a Minnesota based firm, Optum, is hiring up to 318 people to enter the paper applications.
Congressional candidate Tisei also added, “Every day it becomes even clearer that Massachusetts needs a waiver from Obamacare. We need to get back to doing what we were doing so successfully before this one-size-fits-all law was implemented.”