It's now Accenture's turn to fix Healthcare.gov and "continue technical improvements" in a deal that could make the consulting firm look like a hero or just create more headaches.
In a statement on Saturday, Accenture said that its Accenture Federal Services division won a one-year contract to improve Healthcare.gov from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The contract is worth $45 million for the initial phase and the final value will be determined once the work is scoped out and a transition plan is in place. Accenture already runs sites for the IRS, Department of Education and Census Bureau.
Healthcare.gov, which stumbled out of the gate and has recovered somewhat, was launched under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare.gov was supposed to be a marketplace to enable individuals to sign up for health care plans. The site launched Oct. 1 and stumbled almost immediately.
CGI Group had the contract to run Healthcare.gov. CGI ran the site since 2011 was charged to create the portal, launch it and then fix it. The contract wasn't renewed.
Accenture said it was "honored" to be part of the Healthcare.gov team. Accenture be involved with a transition period and then be prepared for open enrollment in Oct. 2014. Accenture will provide support for the marketplace as well as enrollment, eligibility and new functionality.