Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The board of trustees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has voted to move forward with a federal application for a reinsurance program.

The board voted Monday to proceed with the program that Gov. Larry Hogan and state lawmakers approved to hold down consumer costs to Maryland's individual market for health insurance for 2019 and 2020.

The vote creates the parameters for a reinsurance program. It also authorizes the exchange to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to request federal approval for a waiver to create the program.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials calling attention to some events to help people sign up for health care this weekend.

Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, officials with the NAACP and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange are highlighting a series of "last chance" events to help Marylanders enroll during an announcement Tuesday at the Maryland State Medical Society in Annapolis.

The free events will be held at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore and 17 other locations around the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The board overseeing Maryland's health exchange has approved a contract to modify software designed to help the state's call center that assists people who try to get signed up for health insurance.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Directors approved the contract with Eventus Solutions Group Thursday evening in a conference call that started at 6 p.m.

Board members did not mention the precise cost of the emergency procurement during the meeting.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health exchange board has adopted a plan to help people who have tried to enroll before the deadline at the end of the month but were unable to complete an application.

The board approved the plan Tuesday.

Maryland's online health exchange has been plagued with computer problems since its Oct. 1 debut.

Under the plan adopted by the board, consumers will be able to let the exchange know that they have started an application but have been unable to finish it.