The federal government should be able to get the health insurance exchange data hub running by Oct. 1, but it might not have time to test it very well, according to one watchdog agency.
One huge hurdle will be connecting so many different federal and state agencies, including state health departments, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Internal Revenue Service.
The hub also will have spokes reaching out to agencies with less obvious health insurance relationships, such as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security and the Peace Corps.
Gloria Jarmon, deputy inspector general for audit services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, summarized the findings in a memo.
CMS is developing the hub to let exchange program players share information, to help determine whether applicants are eligible to use the exchanges, or for other health programs or subsidies, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.