Introduction Of Healthcare.gov As A Health Insurance Exchange Website

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The Introduction of HealthCare.gov Introduction HealthCare.gov is a health insurance exchange website operated under the United States federal government under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, often known as 'Obamacare '), designed to serve the residents of the thirty-six U.S. states that opted not to create their own state exchanges. The exchange facilitates the sale of private health insurance plans to residents of the United States and offers subsidies to those who earn less than four times the federal poverty line. The website also assists those persons who are eligible to sign up for Medicaid, and has a separate marketplace for small businesses. History The federal website HealthCare.gov…show more content…
Additional contractors were hired for security systems, such as Experian for digital identity authentication and Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), a UnitedHealth Group company. According to the GAO, a total of 55 contractors were hired to help build the marketplace. Development Seed started working on the site in March 2013, mainly the home page, over the course of four months until the large contractors stepped in. The firm used Jekyll, a Ruby-based open-source software project that originated at GitHub in 2008 designed to generate static websites. To promote ease of use when publishing content to Jekyll on GitHub, Development Seed created Prose.io, a web-based content editor. Pairing Jekyll and Prose.io enable building simple, flexible, and reliable sites without the overhead of dynamic CMSs. The agency’s work has been commended for using smart underlying technology, a clean responsive design, a developer-friendly API and an open source project. The firm has since removed the HealthCare.gov code from public view on GitHub. After Development Seed created the front end of the health insurance marketplace, they sent their files to CGI Federal, who then
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