Massachusetts health care officials struggling to repair the state’s hobbled website are looking at the possibility of leasing or buying technology from states with functioning insurance sites.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s special assistant, Sarah Iselin, said Friday that looking for solutions from other states is just one of four options being weighed.
Others include forging ahead with the current website contractor CGI Group, looking for a new vendor that would build on the existing site, or scrapping the website and starting over.
Despite the website troubles, officials say they are making progress whittling down the backlog of people trying to sign up for health insurance, even though the number of applications for subsidized coverage has doubled since last week.
Residents who apply for help with insurance payments will receive temporary coverage which is good through June 30. There are now 62,000 people in this program and roughly 120,000 more people who must be moved from their extended Commonwealth Care plans into permanent coverage.
Confusing? Yes, and messy. The Connector is supposed to determine who is eligible for subsidies this year, and get everyone into a new insurance plan by the end of June. But the digital tool that looks for a match between all these people and the state’s 260 eligibility programs is still not working.