Health care contract moving from Verizon to HP

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Health and Human Services is switching contractors for the government's troubled health care website, a decision it says came months before the online marketplace opened and multiple problems were identified.

A department official says its contract with Verizon subsidiary Terremark ends in March. A new contract was awarded to HP in July.

Terremark was responsible for what's known as the federal data services hub, a conduit for verifying personal information from people applying for benefits under the new health care law. The hub has experienced outages blamed on Terremark.

The department official was not authorized to discuss ongoing operations by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. The Wall Street Journal first reported on the change in contractors.