Mass. Connector Won’t Adopt Troubled Federal Health Website

Massachusetts has decided to revamp its beleaguered health website as opposed to joining the widely scrutinized federal health insurance website, according to multiple reports.

The state had previously planned to drop its “dysfunctional” Massachusetts Health Connector website, which was plagued with technical issues ahead of the April 1 date that required most Americans to be enrolled in coverage that meets federal standards.

That plan has since changed, however, reports The Boston Globe.

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A new software system for the state’s site had passed a key test in early July. The hCentive software performed every task required by federal officials, and then some, in a Washington, D.C., demonstration.

State officials are reportedly looking to hCentive to help the state avoid another health website “fiasco.”

Last year, Massachusetts spent $50 million more than anticipated to keep residents insured since technical glitches in the exchange website led to problems in processing applications.