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State Eyes ‘Functional’ Health Exchange by Fall

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By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The board overseeing the state’s health care exchange has been told that a long-term fix for the connector’s troubled website is still months away, even while the state is reporting progress in clearing the backlog of applicants for subsidized insurance.

Sarah Iselin, the health care executive tapped by Gov. Deval Patrick to oversee a solution to the website issues, said she will present the board with recommendations next month for how to achieve a functional system by the next open federal enrollment period that is scheduled to begin Nov. 15.

Iselin said her goal is “minimal compliance” with requirements of the Affordable Care Act by that time. A more robust system won’t likely be available until 2015.

The federal government granted Massachusetts a three-month extension until June 30 from the original March 31 enrollment deadline.

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