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Insurers Huddle At The White House; Talk Health Exchange Technical Difficulties

About a dozen CEOs from major insurance companies met with administration officials to address the online marketplace's flaws, especially those related to generating the enrollment files that the insurers receive.  

Politico: White House, Insurance Industry Tackle Obamacare Tech Problems
Top White House and HHS officials met with CEOs of about a dozen major insurance companies Wednesday to address the flawed Obamacare enrollment system, particularly the problems in generating accurate enrollment files that are sent to the insurers selling health plans through the new exchanges. They also discussed the problems arising as people try to bypass the federal website and enroll directly with the insurers (Kenen, 10/23).

Los Angeles Times: WellPoint CEO Upbeat On Exchanges, Talks Obamacare At White House
Insurance giant WellPoint Inc., a key player in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, said it remains optimistic about the healthcare expansion despite the rocky start of a federal insurance exchange. WellPoint's chief executive, Joseph Swedish, and other industry executives are meeting Wednesday with White House officials about continuing problems with the 36-state federal insurance marketplace and its troubled healthcare.gov website (Terhune, 10/23).

And, in Illinois, a similar meeting was held -

The Associated Press: Insurance Brokers Air Frustrations With Health Care Website
Insurance brokers in Illinois vented their frustrations Wednesday with the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law and the crippled federal website, HealthCare.gov. Dozens attended a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn's aide Max Fletcher, a policy analyst for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Fletcher said Illinois officials also are frustrated but have no control over the federal website and don't know when it will be fixed (10/23).

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