(WASHINGTON) — Things have gotten better for HealthCare.gov, but there could be “bumps” in this fall’s open-enrollment period for 2015 coverage, a top CMS official told a House Committee Thursday.
“I expect that it won’t be perfect,” CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt told the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, at a hearing about Affordable Care Act implementation.
“Everybody will remain on their toes,” Slavitt said, noting that CMS is “expecting to have a good open enrollment” period.
ACA open enrollment for 2015 begins this November.
After HealthCare.gov’s troubled rollout, the Government Accountability Office predicted in a study released Wednesday that more problems could loom this fall.
“Unless CMS improves contract management and adheres to a structured governance process, significant risks remain that upcoming open enrollment periods could encounter challenges,” the GAO wrote.
Slavitt cautiously insinuated that enrollment will probably be a lot smoother this time around. He pointed to a “big testing window” for HealthCare.gov and “daily intensive management of the project” this summer.
“I think this year we can expect we’re in a vastly different situation. For one, we have a website that’s already up and live and running,” Slavitt said.
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