Health Sherpa's Kalogeropoulos said that he didn't blame the contractors associated with the site for the flop, calling them "extremely competent."
"We're standing on the shoulders of giants because they're the ones who put it together," Kalogeropoulos said. "It's just public data, [so] let's just make it easier to see."
However, he said he thinks policy decisions along the way, such as having to sign up for an account prior to browsing, crippled the rollout by making it extremely difficult for contractors to comply with all of the rules and regulations.
"The government can't do any of that because they're so risk averse," Kalogeropoulos said.
Members of the government are already recommending the site to users who are looking to get signed up for health insurance before the HealthCare.gov site is fully functional.
"HealthSherpa offers a user-friendly platform to quickly browse through available health insurance plan options, including monthly premium costs, coverage plans, and possible premium subsidies," Maine Senator Angus King said in a statement. "I recommend that Mainers who are having trouble with HealthCare.gov use HealthSherpa as a temporary alternative until the federal website functions properly."
Kalogeropoulos said he is also meeting with the CTO for the Department of Health and Human Services to discuss improvements for the main site.
Kalogeropoulos said the site has been receiving tons of feedback on the site, with many thanking them for making the process so easy. He said the development trio have been responding to feedback asking for additional features such as pharmaceutical and deductible information and are working to add additional features to the site.
The group is not currently planning to monetize the site, though they have had offers to do so. Kalogeropoulos said the group is currently doing the project as a public service, but they will consider monetizing it if there is an alternative available that will not inhibit the user experience on the site.
The site is currently being improved to add insurance information and expanded to include all of the state databases, which are not currently all on the site. Kalogeropoulos said they added Idaho, New Mexico and New York to the Health Sherpa site, with more to come. Additional insurance information on deductibles, copays and maximum out of pocket are being added as well.
PUBLISHED NOV. 18, 2013