People buying health insurance through the new U.S. online marketplaces will have six more weeks to comply before getting fined, the Obama administration said.
The adjustment, first suggested by
A health plan purchased
The law originally suggested people had to be covered by
Administration officials told
The federal website -- for residents of the 36 states that chose not to create their own state healthcare exchanges -- has been marred by serious technological problems from its debut, making it difficult for individuals and small businesses to sign up for health insurance.
An executive for the main website contractor said in written testimony submitted to the panel in advance the firm accepted partial blame for the site's shortcomings.
She also blamed user-verification software produced by another contractor,
"There are a number of other components to the registration system, all of which must work together seamlessly to ensure registration," the statement said. "The [QSSI-built] tool has been working well for weeks."
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