Good news for those of you looking to take advantage of the insurance marketplace known as HealthCare.gov. The website, which has been having issues since it first went live, has been assigned a 'general contractor' to get things going again.
According to The New York Times on Friday, Quality Software Services will have the site sorted out and completely rid of bugs by the end of November. Jeffrey D. Zients, who has so far been doing troubleshooting for the healthcare site, has also said that investigators have identified bugs in the software.
Robert Pear notes that this finding differs from the original explanation issued by administration officials. Early on, it was thought that the number of people attempting to access the site created the issues. Reuters reports that the volume of Americans accessing the site likely did have an impact on site performance, but it was one factor of several.
In addressing the task that lays ahead of the general contractor, Zients stated, "It will take a lot of work. A lot of problems need to be addressed. But let me be clear. HealthCare.gov is fixable."
However, by the time the site should be back up and running, people who need insurance by Jan. 1 will only have a two-week window to apply before the Dec. 15 deadline approaches.