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D.C. Legislators To Ask Questions About Local Health Care Exchange

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D.C.'s new healthcare exchange is set to go under the microscope soon, as city legislators plan an oversight hearing. (The hearing was originally scheduled for today, but postponed to January due to the weather.)

Last month, Mayor Vincent Gray claimed the city's healthcare exchange known as D.C. Health Link hadn't had any glitches since it went live on October 1. That wasn't exactly the case for the website, which is part of the Affordable Care Act rollout.

As the Washington Business Journal pointed out, the exchange wasn't fully operational until November, when the site launched its income verification system.

The Gray administration later clarified the site hasn't been plagued by any major problems, especially in comparison to the federal exchange and some of the other state exchanges.

But there have been other issues as well. Federal lawmakers and their staffers on Capitol Hill reportedly have had trouble enrolling through the website, and earlier this week the website's administrators admitted that users were redirected to a fraudulent site by a scammer.

In November Gray fired the head of D.C.'s insurance commission after he criticized the White House's proposed fix to the new health care law.


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