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Emergency Legislation Introduced To Address Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Problems

January 13th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration formally introduced emergency legislation Thursday that is designed to address problems of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the state’s website set up for people to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The O’Malley Administration estimates the bill will cost taxpayers between $5-million and $10-million.  It would allow those who have not been able to sign up for insurance through the states benefit exchange, to be enrolled in the Maryland Health Insurance Program (MHIP), as a temporary policy. Coverage would be retroactive to January 1. It would expire on March 31. There has been no shortage of critics of the state’s early efforts to implement new health care reforms- including former house minority leader Tony O’Donnell…


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