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Mar. 4, 2014 9:15 am

Flaw in state health exchange site could cost MD $30M

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, right, has been the point person in Martin O'Malley's administration for implementing Maryland's online healthcare marketplace.

Photo from Flickr user MDGovPics under Creative Commons for Attribution. (Photo credit: Jay Baker.)

A little more than $30 million. That’s how much it could cost to fix Maryland Health Connection, the state health exchange website launched Oct. 1, 2013, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Daily Record has more:

A problem with Maryland’s defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million, because the state is unable to determine whether people remain eligible for Medicaid, according to a report by state budget analysts released Thursday.

The exchange can’t convert income data from the existing Medicaid enrollment system into a calculation needed to review whether enrollees are qualified “because of a variety of system architectural flaws,” the report by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services said.

Maybe it’s time for the state to enlist a team of troubleshooters to fix the site, as was done by the federal government with HealthCare.gov.

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