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Problems Still Plague Maryland’s Healthcare Exchange Website

Friday, December 13th, 2013

For several weeks Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration hasn’t been ready to address the public on Maryland’s beleaguered healthcare exchange website. This week we were treated to not one but two press conferences, the first by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, and yesterday by Governor O’Malley. O’Malley tried to put a positive spin on the problems by saying “Bottom line. We’ve made progress.”

The state has installed new leadership over the health care exchange after the Executive Director Rebecca Pierce resigned December 6th. O’Malley acknowledged that while 6 of the 9 identified “glitches” in the website exchange were resolved, 3 issues remained unresolved. O’Malley was not able to give a timeline as to when these problems could be overcome. The remaining issues include frozen screens and incorrect tax credit amounts being displayed.

O’Malley said that just under 22,000 people had enrolled in either private insurance or Medicaid through the Maryland Health Connection, which is about 7,000 more than 2 weeks ago. Maryland’s goal is by March 1st to have 260,000 people enrolled in health plans through the website. The goal is to have 150,000 people in private plans and 110,000 people to Medicaid. As of now they have about 5,200 enrolled in private plans and 16,000 in Medicaid. So the website is currently enrolling 3,500 people per week, and with 11 weeks until the March 1st deadline, they will need to boost those numbers up to about 22,000 people per week.

Also of note is that O’Malley hopes to enroll more people into private plans than into Medicaid. But right now Medicaid signups are trumping private signups by a 3 to 1 margin.

The Capital Gazette is reporting that the state has spent about $70 Million of the budgeted $107 Million for the exchange.

Sources:
Baltimore Business Journal
Capital Gazette

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