Anyone want to take a whack at what is going on in Massachussetts?
Massachusetts health care officials struggling to repair the state’s hobbled website are looking at the possibility of leasing or buying technology from states with functioning insurance sites.
[…] The Connector is supposed to determine who is eligible for subsidies this year, and get everyone into a new insurance plan by the end of June. But the digital tool that looks for a match between all these people and the state’s 260 eligibility programs is still not working.
[Gov. Deval Patrick’s special assistant Sarah] Iselin says she may ask the federal government for another extension.
In the meantime, those 120,00 residents who have subsidized health insurance may have to switch plans by the end of March. Some insurers who extended their Commonwealth Care plans say they may not be able to extend them again because they are losing too much money or because contracts with hospitals and physicians have expired.
MA hired CGI Group to ogranize its transition into a system more compatible with the federal ACA program. Apparently CGI, the contractor that botched the Healthcare.gov rollout on the national level, did an even worse job in Massachussetts, and now a lot of people might or might not have health coverage at the end of March. It seems like the couple of weeks remaining ought to be enough time to finish getting everyone’s records in order, but seriously, WTF MA? Even Rhode Island and Maryland eventually got their house in order. This just seems baffling to me.