The back-end payment system of Healthcare.gov is still being built, a senior Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official said Thursday in testimony on Capitol Hill.

“The automated process for payments is still being built, but we have a process in place that is working,” said Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, in response to questioning by House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.). Cohen did not elaborate on the process in place.

Asked if there was a predicted finish date for the system, Cohen responded that he does not “have an answer on a predicted date.”

On Nov. 19, 2013, Henry Chao, the top IT official at CMS, said in testimony on Capitol Hill that more than 30% of the "back-end" infrastructure still remains to be built in the federally-run marketplace.

At the time, CMS Spokeswoman Julie Bataille said those tools included things needed in order to process payments to issuers, and they were not required until 2014. CMS added they were on track to complete these applications by mid-January.

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