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Maryland Details Money Spent On Troubled Health Marketplace

The state spent nearly $130 million on the marketplace and more than $90 million of it on technology, according to the state's breakdown, The Washington Post reports.

The Washington Post: Md. Spent $90 Million On Health Exchange Technology, According To Cost Breakdown
Of the nearly $130 million that Maryland has spent on its troubled health insurance exchange, more than $90 million went toward technology expenses, according to a breakdown of costs released Friday. ... State officials have said the exchange is so structurally flawed that it would be cheaper to replace the system than continue to fix it. Maryland hired Deloitte Consulting this month to oversee that replacement, which is expected to cost at least $40 million to $50 million, plus software and hardware costs (Johnson, 4/18).

The Baltimore Sun:  Md. Exchange Enrolls Nearly 329,000 In Health Plans
Nearly 329,000 people have enrolled in insurance through the Maryland health exchange, officials reported Friday. As of April 15, 262,619 people have gained Medicaid coverage and 66,203 enrolled in a private plan sold on the exchange website (4/18).

The state's marketplace problems are also becoming an issue in the race to be Maryland's next governor --

The Baltimore Sun: Race For Maryland Governor Turns Negative
The first negative advertisements in the Democratic primary campaign for governor hit airwaves this week, pushing a feisty political fight that's simmered for months into prime time. ... Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has released two television spots and a radio ad that bring his attack on the failed Maryland health exchange to more voters than ever. They implicitly criticize the leadership of front-runner Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who oversaw the state's health care reform effort for the O'Malley administration (Cox and Fritze, The Baltimore Sun, 4/19).

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