CMS Official: 30 Percent of System Still Has to Be Built

A chief official responsible for building the federal health-insurance exchange revealed that as much as 70 percent of the system still needs to be built.

Henry Chao, the deputy chief information officer for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a House subcommittee that the administration still needs to construct the payment systems and other “back office” functions, which constitute 60 to 70 percent of the system.

The White House has said that will be functioning for a “vast majority of people” by its self-imposed November 30 deadline. On Monday, reports said that the administration will consider the website a “success” if 80 percent of users are able to enroll by the end of the month.

UPDATE: Later in the hearing, Representative Diana DeGette (D., Colo.) asked Chao a question to clarify his previous statements. He then stated clearly that it is actually 30 percent of the system is currently still being developed and tested.

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