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HHS Buys $2.5 Million Worth of IT Equipment for Obamacare’s Final Enrollment Month

Elizabeth Harrington
Washington Free Beacon [1]
March 11, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ordered $2.5 million worth of IT equipment to prepare for “anticipated traffic” during the last month of open enrollment on Healthcare.gov, according to contract documents released on Thursday.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced additional changes to its contract with Verizon Terremark, which is responsible for the cloud computing software that exchanges information on the Obamacare data hub.

CMS has already awarded [2] $59.9 million to the company. The agency initially estimated the cost for Terremark’s IT support at $10.8 million, but has since altered the contract 15 times.

The latest three changes came last month. They added more IT infrastructure in “preparation of anticipated traffic” for the open enrollment deadline on March 31.

Full article here [1]