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Massachusetts Health Connector director appears before Congress

Boston, MA 7/15/2013 Jean Yang (cq) Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director portrait for the Hot Seat in the Boston Globe Studio on Monday July 15, 2013. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 21hotseat Reporter: Robert Weisman
Boston, MA 7/15/2013 Jean Yang (cq) Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director portrait for the Hot Seat in the Boston Globe Studio on Monday July 15, 2013. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 21hotseat Reporter: Robert WeismanThe Boston Globe

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WASHINGTON — Appearing before a congressional oversight panel Thursday, Jean Yang, director of the Massachusetts Health Connector, blamed the failures of the state’s insurance website on CGI, the contractor the state recently dumped.

The IT vendor, combined with the shortcomings of project managers, “impeded our progress and full vision for the website,” Yang said during five minutes of prepared testimony.

Yang was summoned to appear on a panel before two House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees to explain the disastrous rollout of the state’s insurance website, along with her counterparts in Maryland, Oregon, and Minnesota, whose websites also faced significant technical problems.

The hearing was one of about two dozen similar hearings that have already been held on the launch of President Obama’s controversial health reform law, the Affordable Care Act.

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