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Old 10-05-2013, 11:18 AM   #41
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FYI to anyone attempting to use the Covered CA site, I saw this on the top page:

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We will be performing regular maintenance beginning Saturday, October 5, at 8 pm through Monday, October 7, 2013, at 3 am.
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Seems to be working and I started browsing it this morning. Anybody know how to tell if a plan is multi-state?
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:23 AM   #42
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Seems to be working and I started browsing it this morning. Anybody know how to tell if a plan is multi-state?
This link is to the OMP home page for multistate options. It has a map of states and MSP status. If you click on yours a list comes up with the plan names. Multi-State Plan Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:30 AM   #43
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You would think someone would have the common sense to phrase that simply "maintenance" rather than "regular maintenance."
It's just web weenie system administration jargon. "Regular maintenance" generally refers to preplanned periodic maintenance events. "We plan to take the site down each weekend during the rollout period to install the production team's patches and update site content." One-off "Maintenance" shutdowns generally refer to making repairs that don't require an immediate shutdown, but can be delayed a few hours. This would include some hardware fixes.

Like pretty much every piece of terminology, this is susceptible to becoming 'corporate-speak', mindlessly emitted jargon that does not mean what the listener thinks it means. :-)
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It's just web weenie system administration jargon. "Regular maintenance" generally refers to preplanned periodic maintenance events. "We plan to take the site down each weekend during the rollout period to install the production team's patches and update site content." One-off "Maintenance" shutdowns generally refer to making repairs that don't require an immediate shutdown, but can be delayed a few hours. This would include some hardware fixes.

Like pretty much every piece of terminology, this is susceptible to becoming 'corporate-speak', mindlessly emitted jargon that does not mean what the listener thinks it means. :-)
Correct, but what I was reacting to is that a whole weekend down is not what the standard "regular maintenance" is about. No one regularly schedules websites to be down for the whole weekend. This is let's pray we can fixit maintenance or to be non-specific just maintenance..
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This link is to the OMP home page for multistate options. It has a map of states and MSP status
Thanks for the link. I'm really shocked at how many states have no MSP options.
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Correct, but what I was reacting to is that a whole weekend down is not what the standard "regular maintenance" is about. No one regularly schedules websites to be down for the whole weekend. This is let's pray we can fixit maintenance or to be non-specific just maintenance..
Wildly offtopic now, but... The State of California is... noteworthy... for it's web sites. One of the "Best Web Sites Evar" was the Registrar's Office for the California State University system campuses back in the early 2000's. The silly thing kept office hours. Yes, the web site was only available from 8:30 AM until 5 PM Monday-Friday. I'm pretty sure the sophisticated back end processing consisted of a printer, from which an employee would regularly remove paper and then FAX to the appropriate office.

Just shutting down for the weekend as part of their rollout is pretty mild stuff. They also had shutdowns planned for the middle of the night last week for more urgent changes. This isn't exactly a 'sky is the limit' bigtime commercial project rollout. It's more of a 'built by the lowest bidder', 'compliant with state and federal privacy regulations for medical and tax data', proceeding with caution sort of project. If you want to think of it as a live beta test, well, yeah. The preferred terms are 'rapid prototyping' and 'spiral development'. Yaaay! Buzzwords!

Folks who are really curious about how the web site is being bolted together can check out the UX 2014 project, which provides a reference front-end implementation:
http://www.ux2014.org
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Also it's not closed 'the whole weekend'. Only Saturday evening through to early Monday morning.
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