BOSTON - MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes released the following statement regarding the publishing of a scathing report detailing how former Democratic Governor Deval Patrick's administration failed on the Health Connector:
"Working families across Massachusetts were hurt by the Democrats' total failure to implement changes to the Health Connector. Now reports are surfacing that the Patrick administration may have concealed the truth from federal authorities and the public, resulting in a health connector that was destined for failure. Governor Baker's team is working hard to clean up the mess left behind by the Democrats, but Governor Patrick owes the people of Massachusetts an apology for his administration's total incompetence and lack of transparency on this issue."
A new report alleges former Governor Deval Patrick's Administration "appear[s] to have lied" to the federal government about the Health Connector's failures. "The Pioneer report suggests that in presentations to a federal agency, state officials may have overstated the progress of the exchange... 'Our public officials not only were incompetent from a managerial perspective, but appear to have lied to the federal government to cover up mistakes made by both the state and CGI,' the report stated." (Shira Schoenberg, "Pioneer Institute report says Massachusetts Health Connector officials 'appear to have lied' to federal government," Springfield Republican, 5/10/15)
The report alleges that the Patrick Administration knew that the website was inadequate, yet proceeded with the launch anyway. "But this report highlights the role of officials from the administration of Governor Deval Patrick who, he said, showed little concern for what the public would have to go through." (Felice Freyer, "Report alleges cover-up of impending health connector failure," Boston Globe, 5/11/15)
The Connector's failures led to thousands of families being forced onto MassHealth last year. "The revamped site never worked properly and could not determine whether individuals were eligible for subsidies or MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid health plan for the poor. So the state temporarily enrolled anyone who might qualify for public assistance in MassHealth." (Felice Freyer, "About 400,000 in Mass. must seek new health plan," Boston Globe, 8/15/14)
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