The Columbia firm that helped fix the federal health care exchange announced Tuesday that it agreed to a new contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to serve as senior advisor on HealthCare.gov.
CMS initially turned to Optum/QSSI in late October to improve the performance of the troubled federal insurance exchange website. The company, a division of UnitedHealth Group, is credited with the site's rapid improvement.
"Optum/QSSI, which stepped up in October to serve as our general contractor, has been integral in fixing HealthCare.gov," said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, in a statement. "We are pleased Optum/QSSI will remain a key part of our leadership team and will continue to advise us as we work together to help millions of Americans sign up for quality, affordable health insurance."