Indian-American Run Firm To Fix ObamaCare Website

Washington: The Obama administration has turned to a technology company run by Indian-Americans to fix the problem ridden website for Americans to buy insurance under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

Columbia, Maryland, based Quality Software Services Inc, or QSSI, will now serve as a general contractor to oversee repairs to launched Oct 1 under the 2010 law nicknamed "Obamacare," said a management consultant hired by the White House to fix it.

The website that runs online insurance exchanges for 36 states to buy compulsory health insurance under the new federal law should be working smoothly for most users by the end of November, Jeffrey Zients, assured reporters in a conference call Friday.

Fourteen other states have built their own exchanges to sell insurance policies to millions of uninsured people in the United States. But many have experienced error messages and long waits in trying to sign on to the federal site.

"It will take a lot of work and there are a lot of problems that will need to be addressed, but the bottom line is that it is fixable," Zients said.

"By the end of November, the vast majority of consumers will be able to successfully and smoothly enrol through," he said.

QSSI, a unit of health insurer UnitedHealth Group, produced the federal data hub and a software tool to register consumers that is working relatively well.


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Source: IANS