Obamacare Security Hearing: Chao numbers mixed up

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 3:01pm

Mr. Henry Chao, Deputy Director of the Office of Information Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

REP GARDNER: How much do we have to build today still, I mean what do we need to build, 50%, 40%, 30%?

CHAO: I think it's just an approximation, we're probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent, because we still have to build the systems

GARDNER: Wait 60 or 70 percent that needs to be built still?

CHAO: because we still have to build the payment systems, to make payments to issuers in January.

GARDNER: Let me get this straight 60-7 percent of Healthcare.gov still needs to built?

CHAO: It's not rally healthcare.gov, it's the federally facilitated marketplace.

GARDNER: But the entire system that the American people are being required to rely upon

CHAO: That part is there. Healthcare.gov, the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating enrollment transaction, that's 100% there. What I'm talking about is...

GARDNER: But the entire system is 60 to 70 % away from being complete.

CHAO: Yeah, there's the back-office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be built.

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