MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The new contractor hired to fix Vermont's troubled health care website said Friday the project's management structure contributed to failures that still plague the system almost a year after it went live.
Optum said the lines of responsibility between the state and contractor CGI were not clear so no one was closely making sure the terms of the contract were being met. The health technology group based its report on a study it did in June.
A CGI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The state announced in early August it was scaling back its relationship with CGI, 10 months after the launch of Vermont Health Connect. The web-based program was supposed to manage Vermont's health insurance marketplace, but has been plagued by problems.
Among them were a continuing inability to enroll small businesses and the failure of the website to handle consumers' changes, such as marriage or divorce, the birth of a child or a new job.
Vermont Health Connect staff members have resorted to making the changes manually. Lawrence Miller, director of health care reform for Gov. Peter Shumlin, said the backlog peaked in June at about 14,500. He said he doubted the problems with the system would be fixed before February, when an open enrollment period for the second year of Vermont Health Connect ends.
He said the Vermont Health Connect staff would need to focus attention on the new enrollment period beginning in November. Trying to make the changes while handling the open enrollment period would be "imprudent and risky," Miller said.