Officials from four main Healthcare.gov contractors are now testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today to discuss glitches involving the rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace.
Here’s what you need to know and read:
1) Watch the hearing live here:
2. Read the written testimony of the company executives testifying.
3. Read the transcript of the last time they testified before the committee, assuring lawmakers everything was OK. At that hearing, Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI Federal, the main contractor, testified:
To date, the marketplace implementation has achieved all of its key milestones from the initial architecture review in October 2011 to project baseline review in March 2012, and most recently, the operational readiness review in September 2013.
4. Know the background. Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s take:
WASHINGTON—Contractors responsible for the troubled federal health-insurance portal are pointing fingers at each other and the administration, according to testimony released Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
According to the testimony, CGI Federal, the lead contractor for HealthCare.gov, said the federal agency in charge of the project was “the ultimate responsible party for the end-to-end performance of the overall” health exchange. The House committee is holding a hearing on the performance of the health portal Thursday.
Thursday is probably going to be a bad day for four government contractors.
It’s the first Congressional hearing into HealthCare.gov’s flawed roll out and Republicans and Democrats alike are going to take out their Obamacare frustrations on the contractors who built it.
It might not be such a good day for the Department of Health and Human Services, either, but Secretary Kathleen Sebelius won’t be there to deflect criticism. She declined to appear at today’s hearing and will testify next week.
In what’s expected to be a grilling from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the contractors plan to say that their separate pieces of the exchange were tested and working before Oct. 1. Already, they’ve suggested that Congress should blame someone else — another company or the Obama administration — for the problems, according to prepared testimony released Wednesday afternoon.
5. This isn’t the last word. Additional Congressional hearings are planned in the next couple weeks.