Maryland has spent $125 million building Maryland Health Connection, the state’s exchange website for purchasing health insurance following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in October 2013.
Now the state is overhauling that site and adopting the technology used to develop the Connecticut health exchange site, the Baltimore Business Journal reports:
Exchange leaders ultimately chose to adopt Connecticut’s platform because it was cheaper and faster, among other reasons.
Fixing the state’s existing system would have cost more than $66 million and taken at least a year — and even then, the system would not meet all the state’s needs.
While Connecticut’s exchange was developed with money from federal grants, and therefore the code used to build the site is held in the public domain, Maryland will still need to spend between $40 million and $50 million to complete the overhaul.