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Healthcare.gov Under New Management

(CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Healthcare.gov is going under new management.

The consulting firm Accenture will take over from the original contractor CGI, whose contract is expiring. This comes after the website's notoriously rocky launch back in October.

The deal is worth between $90 million and $100 million for maintenance of the federal website. Accenture will be responsible for the continued construction and maintenance of the site. They will also focus on the portions of the site that handle the transfer of data from users to insurers. The change in management is still pending approval.
   
That focus on data transfer will be in the spotlight over the next few weeks.

With a surge of signups in December as the technical issues were addressed, many insurance companies will have to process hundreds of thousands of claims in a very short amount of time.
   
That may cause problems for people who think they've enrolled.

"People who went to the exchange they think they have coverage, they think they're enrolled, says Alyene Senger with the Heritage Foundation. Then they go to the doctor, rack up the bill and find out that they didn't have the insurance they thought they had."

On Friday, the U.S. House passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act in an effort to boost website security as enrollment continues.

Despite the issues, the White House says many of the technical problems have been addressed, and 2.1 million people have been able to enroll on the site.
 
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