Maryland set to replace troubled health exchange with Connecticut’s system

Obamacare-delay

Another admission that ObamaCare sign up has had significant problems with sign ups. While the Obama administration releases numbers that are insignificant, without details of how many actually paid or how many have enrolled that haven’t had insurance before, along comes another admission that the website in Maryland is not repairable and has to be replaced by one used in Connecticut.

The article below is from the Washington Post:

By Mary Pat Flaherty and Jenna Johnson, Published: March 28 E-mail the writers

Maryland officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least $125.5 million is broken beyond repair.

The board of the Maryland exchange plans to vote on the change Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period for the state’s residents under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Read More

Marylanders will be able to use the exchange even as it is being overhauled. The first enrollment period opened Oct. 1 and closes Monday for insurance coverage that kicks in this year. A second open enrollment period starts Nov. 15.

Like Maryland, Connecticut was one of the first and most enthusiastic states to embrace the idea of building its own insurance exchange rather than using a federal site to implement the law’s sweeping changes in health-care coverage.

But unlike Maryland, where the system crashed within moments of launching and has limped along ever since, Connecticut’s exchange has worked as smoothly as any in the country.

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