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Accenture to Extend Healthcare.gov Support for 6 Months

healthcare-systemAccenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a six-month contract extension to continue helping the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintain the federal health insurance exchange portal, Modern Healthcare reported Tuesday.

Virgil Dickson writes Accenture originally won a one-year, \$90 million contract for technical support of Healthcare.gov and is scheduled to complete the work in January 2015.

The company will extend its support services for the CMS program through July 10, 2015, according to Modern Healthcare.

“Given the limited timeframe during which consumers may enroll in coverage, and the expected high volume of traffic, we believe that the extension is warranted, ” said Aaron Albright, a spokesperson for CMS, according to the publication.

The next open enrollment period for people to obtain health insurance through the marketplace begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15, 2015.

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