- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Mexico has decided to use the federal HealthCare.gov website for another year instead of shifting to its own platform to enroll people in Obamacare plans, a new report said.

Modern Healthcare reports the state’s exchange board recently voted 11-1 to delay enrollment on a state-run website because it wants more time to test the technology before launch.

That leaves Idaho as the sole state planning to move from the federal website to its own portal for 2015. In recent board meetings, officials there have expressed concern that 76,000 enrollees from 2014 will have to start over in 2015 unless the state can obtain data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure an easy transition.

Meanwhile, Oregon and Nevada are moving in the opposite direction, dumping their glitchy state websites and relying on HealthCare.gov when open enrollment begins again in mid-November.

Massachusetts may join them, but prefers to revamp its balky state-run portal as part of a dual-track strategy before enrollment begins again.

Officials in each of these states have argued they employ a state-established exchange, despite their use of federal technology, and would not be vulnerable to the outcome of Halbig v. Burwell — a case in which plaintiffs say Obamacare subsidies cannot flow to states that rely on the federal exchange.

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