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7:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

MD Health Care Enrollee Numbers Fall Shore

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Newly released figures show that Maryland fell far short of projections enrolling residents for private insurance through its troubled health exchange, even as national enrollment figures exceed expectations.

Numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services show that 67,757 Marylanders have signed up for private insurance through under the Affordable Care Act. Last year, federal officials had projected that 150,000 Marylanders would enroll.

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9:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

MD Health Exchange High Tech Cost

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A breakdown of spending on Maryland's troubled health exchange shows that more than $90 million of the nearly $130 million cost so far has gone toward technology expenses.

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10:25 am
Wed April 2, 2014

MD Panel Votes to Replace Health Exchange Website

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HANOVER, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has voted to replace technology in the state's badly flawed health exchange website with technology that has worked much better in Connecticut.

The board of directors of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange voted Tuesday night to adopt technology developed by Deloitte Consulting.

Maryland's website crashed shortly after it opened Oct. 1. The state has had one of the worst exchange websites of the 14 states that developed their own.

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9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Revamping Maryland Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to discuss what the state will do about its badly flawed health exchange website.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Trustees has a 5 p.m. meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, when it could officially decide to use technology from another state that has had a more successful exchange rollout. Maryland is one of 14 states with its own exchange.

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8:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Deadline Looms for Troubled MD Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Uninsured Maryland residents are facing a deadline to enroll in a health care plan in a state that still has serious computer problems with its online health exchange.

The deadline for enrollment without paying an IRS penalty under the federal health care overhaul is midnight Monday.

People can get help enrolling in person at locations around the state. The Maryland Health Connection website has a list of places around the state.

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9:04 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Help For MD Health Exchange Enrollees, Senator Carper Urges Sign Ups

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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.

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11:59 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Feds Will Investigate Maryland's Troubled Health Exchange

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland congressman says the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to investigate Maryland's troubled health care exchange.

Rep. Andy Harris confirmed in a statement Monday that his office has been notified that the inspector general will begin an investigation into the exchange.

Harris, the state's only Republican congressman, says he has confidence that the nonpartisan and independent inspector general will thoroughly investigate "one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country."

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9:55 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Call for Congressional Investigation Into MD's Trouble Health Exchange

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.

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9:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

MD Health Exchange Website Problems Costs State $30 Million

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A state report says a mistake with Maryland's defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million.

The report made public Thursday by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services says the problem relates to Medicaid enrollees in the exchange. The report says the system is currently incapable of handling determinations of whether people remain eligible for Medicaid.

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9:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Maryland Ditches IT Contractor for State's Health Exchange

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health exchange board has voted to end the role of Noridian Healthcare Solutions as the prime information technology contractor for the defective exchange.

State officials made the announcement Monday as a legislative panel convened to hear an update on efforts to fix the exchange.

Exchange officials say they will transition the role of prime IT contractor to Optum/QSSI. That's the general contractor that the exchange hired in December.

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10:28 am
Mon February 24, 2014

MD Does Well Against Revised Health Care Goals

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has revised its enrollment goal for its new health insurance exchange after months when it looked like the state could miss its target

The Washington Post reports researchers decided the original goal was based on flawed data. Now the state has already beat its new enrollment goal.

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9:05 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Governor Signs Health Ins. Backup Law (Update)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to help people get health insurance retroactive to Jan. 1, if problems with a state website kept them from doing so will be taking effect.

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed emergency legislation on Thursday in Annapolis to put it into effect immediately.

The measure will enable people who couldn't get through to enroll in Maryland health exchange insurance to be insured by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan. The program is a separate safety net plan that has served as a high-risk pool for state residents without insurance.

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8:57 am
Tue January 28, 2014

MD House Set to Vote on Health Insurance Backup Plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is on track to vote for a measure to provide health insurance to people who tried to enroll on the state's online health exchange but couldn't get through due to computer problems.

The House is scheduled to vote on Tuesday.

The measure would enable people who can show they tried to get through the exchange for coverage Jan. 1 to enroll in a separate state insurance pool for residents without insurance.

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8:28 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MD House To Vote on Health Insurance Backup Plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House of Delegates will likely vote Tuesday on a plan to help residents who have struggled with the state's health insurance exchange online.

The bill would let customers sign up for retroactive coverage in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, a separate safety net plan. 

Private insurance companies in the health exchange opened similar retroactive coverage options, but a deadline to register was last week.

The Senate approved the bill Jan. 21.

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8:47 am
Wed January 22, 2014

MD Senate Passes Back Up Health Insurance Measure

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to provide health insurance for people who tried to enroll online in the state's health exchange, but couldn't due to computer problems.

The Senate voted 38-8 for the emergency measure Tuesday.

The emergency measure would enable people to enroll in an already existing state insurance pool. Supporters say it's a backup plan. They hope people who unsuccessfully tried to get coverage before a Jan. 1 deadline will sign up with participating exchange insurers, who extended a signup deadline to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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8:23 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Stop Gap Health Insurance Bill Advances in MD Senate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has advanced a measure to provide insurance for people who were unable to enroll in the state's health exchange website due to computer problems.

The Senate voted 36-8 late Monday to adopt a favorable report on the measure. That sets the stage for a vote Tuesday to send the bill to the House.

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8:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Maryland Stays Course With Its Health Insurance Exchange

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Governor Martin O’Malley says the administration will stay with its own troubled health insurance exchange in the run up to the March 31st deadline for open enrollment instead moving to the federal website.

Maryland state officials also say they will be reaching out to customers in an agreement with insurers to provide retroactive coverage for those who were not successful in signing up on the state exchange.

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8:25 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals

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Governor Martin O’Malley says he believes that Maryland’s troubled health insurance exchange will meet its enrollment goal by the end of March.

During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” O’Malley admitted there were problems with the complex technology but said that the state is more than half way towards meeting its goal.

While exceeding expectation on the Medicaid front the state has only enrolled just over 20-thosuand people in private plans.

The goal is 150-thousand.

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11:45 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Troubled MD Health Exchange Could Turn to Feds

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Rep. John Delaney is formally asking for a specific assessment of the idea of switching to the federal health exchange while Maryland's computer-troubled exchange is being repaired.

Delaney made the request in a letter Monday to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the state's health secretary.

Delaney raised the possibility of a switch last month. He writes that Maryland could make the switch in whole or in part or on a temporary basis.

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8:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Thousands Sign Up for MD Health Insurance Exchange, But Technical Problems Remain

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials say more than 13,000 residents have created accounts on Maryland's online marketplace for health insurance.

But technical issues remain in using Maryland Health Connection, the state-based health insurance marketplace, officials said Monday.

Becca Pearce, the executive director, said in an emailed statement that the Connection's technical team has added server capacity and plans to update the system's software.

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8:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Maryland Officials to Smooth Out Health Exchange Operations

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland residents are still finding delays with the state's new online marketplace for health insurance.

The Maryland Health Connection website on Wednesday informed website users that the online marketplace may be temporarily unavailable as technicians conduct maintenance and test improvements in performance.

The website had problems on Tuesday almost as soon as it opened.

The website couldn't handle the volume of people trying to create accounts all at once.

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4:03 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

$123 Million Federal Grant for MD Health Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has received a $123 million federal grant to support development of the state's health benefit exchange.


Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown made the announcement Thursday in Baltimore.


Under the federal health care law, Maryland's exchange is due to be operational by October of next year. The grant is to be used to continue the development and implementation of the state-based health benefit exchange.

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