The Obama administration has recruited Verizon to help improve the flawed Obamacare website HealthCare.gov, according to USA Today.
The telecommunications giant already has information technology contracts with the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. HHS is now reportedly relying on Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division, which provides communications and IT services to business and government clients, to improve the performance of the website.
President Obama on Monday assured the public that his administration has recruited "some of the best IT talent in the entire country" to create a "tech surge" to fix the website.
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"These are additional contractors, as well as a few experts who are part of the presidential innovation fellows program, which was started by the president in his first term -- and it pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits and acadamia with top innovators within government to collaborate," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.
The administration has come under considerable scrutiny for the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov. The website serves as the online health insurance marketplace for 36 states. The remaining states have built their own websites (referred to as exchanges). Open enrollment on the exchanges lasts through March, and the government estimated earlier this year that as many as 7 million people nationwide would enroll in private health insurance plans in that period.