From Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant reports:
The board overseeing the Maryland health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut.
The software is free for Maryland to use but Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein will negotiate an emergency $40 million to $50 million contract with the software company to develop the site, and Isabel FitzGerald, secretary of the state’s Department of Information Technology, who stepped in to help fix the exchange, will oversee the project.
The move comes a day after open enrollment ended and makes Maryland the first state with a troubled website to switch to something leaders hope will prove more effective.
“The Health Exchange Board selected a partner with a proven track record to upgrade our website using a platform that has an established record of success,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement. “We’re confident that this partner will have the website upgraded by the time the next open enrollment period begins in November.”
Access Health CT’s website has had a few glitches since enrollment opened Oct. 1 but has received national recognition for running well compared with those in many other states.
Access Health CT CEO Kevin Counihan said Tuesday that, in addition to the code that Maryland will use, he believes his exchange has services to offer Maryland and other states to emulate the success of Connecticut’s exchange.
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