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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.
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.