New England News
5:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Mass. To Dump Health Website Contractor

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After paying $15 million of its $69 million contract, Massachusetts plans on cutting ties with the contractor for its hobbled health care insurance website.

The recommendation was made Monday by Sarah Iselin, who was hired by Gov. Deval Patrick to oversee a fix for the website problems that have plagued the state's transition to the requirements of the federal Affordable Care Act.

“Coverage has been the top priority of the leaders in the commonwealth,” said Iselin during the Connector’s weekly public briefing.

CGI Group, hired by Massachusetts last year, was also the lead contractor on the troubled federal health care website.

Iselin told a meeting of the state's health connector board that the decision was made to part ways with CGI, and has begun negotiations with the company on a transition.

Iselin said the state was leaning toward hiring a new vendor to fix the website, but added her team had ruled out a complete rebuild of the current site.

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