QSSI/Optum to Continue Work on HealthCare.gov


On Monday, CivSource reported that Accenture would be taking over requirements management and technical assistance for the federal health insurance exchange HealthCare.gov. The news came on the heels of another announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that they would not be continuing the relationship with CGI Federal. More news is out about who will continue work on the exchange – Optum/QSSI will continue to handle technical aspects of the website. Optum is a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group.

Optum/QSSI will work as general contractors continuing repairs and making the site useable for more people as the next open enrollment period comes up and federal officials aim to bring more people on to the exchange. Optum was leading the repair efforts during the emergency fix period shortly after the rollout. QSSI is also having their contract extended based on that work and efforts to share information with other contractors on the project.

In its advisory capacity for the overall federal marketplace, Optum/QSSI will assist with project oversight, technical integration, code review and other areas. QSSI will continue its work as contractor on the data services hub and the EIDM registration function.

The overall term and dollar amount of the contract extensions were not disclosed.

“Optum/QSSI has been a central part of our team in delivering a positive consumer experience through HealthCare.gov and we are pleased they will continue to provide integration and technical advice to us as we move into our next phase of work – making sure that the site continues to serve consumers well for the duration of open enrollment and is further enhanced to meet future needs,” said Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.