Massachusetts will run its own health insurance exchange and won’t need to join the federal HealthCare.gov website, state officials announced Friday.
A software system adapted for Massachusetts by the tech firm hCentive passed muster with the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a test late Thursday, giving officials confidence that it will be ready when enrollment for next year starts on Nov. 15.
The decision marks an important step toward recovery from the embarrassing failure of the Massachusetts Health Connector’s refurbished website, launched last October.
“Massachusetts will remain a state-based marketplace,” Maydad Cohen, special adviser to the governor who is overseeing the project, said in a conference call with reporters Friday morning. “We’ve successfully demonstrated hCentive’s ability to deliver a smooth consumer experience.”
Significantly, that includes integrating the state’s unique subsidy program along with the federal tax credits, which reduce premiums. The federal exchange could not have incorporated the state subsidies.
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