HealthCare.gov gets new tech exec

BY newsdesk  December 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM EST

Photo by Flickr user MicrosoftPDC

Former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will take the lead on HealthCare.gov’s revamp. Photo by Flickr user MicrosoftPDC.

The Obama administration has announced that a former Microsoft executive will be taking over the revamp of the health care law’s website.

Kurt DelBene will take the lead on HealthCare.gov, replacing White House adviser Jeffrey Zients, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to overhaul the insurance portal after numerous problems plagued the site post-launch. The announcement, from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said DelBene would provide “management expertise, operations oversight, and critical advice on additional enrollment channels, field operations, marketing and communications.”

DelBene starts his new responsibilities Wednesday and will stay with the project, the release says, for “at least the first half of next year.”