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Maryland Exchange Can’t Tell Whether Medicaid Enrollees Are Still Eligible

The state is unable to determine whether current enrollees continue to qualify for the state-federal program for the poor as a result of a glitch which officials estimate could cost $30.5 million over two years.

The Baltimore Sun: Medicaid Recipients May Stay In System Even If Then Don't Qualify
Maryland must spend as much as $30.5 million more to provide Medicaid coverage to Marylanders because the state's glitch-riddled health exchange website can't tell whether they are still eligible. It's another problem exacerbated by the software that has been causing headaches since the exchange website launched on Oct. 1 for those trying to get into the expanded Medicaid program or buy private insurance with subsidies (Cohn, 2/27).

The Washington Post: Maryland Begins To Put A Price Tag On Health-Care Exchange Debacle
The cost to taxpayers of flaws in Maryland’s online health insurance exchange is coming into focus, with officials estimating at least $30.5 million in unnecessary Medicaid spending and conceding that they have no idea how much it will take to get a system that works. The state has paid $65.4 million to the contractor hired to build the system and fired this week because of the protracted problems. Costs are likely to keep rising as Maryland figures out how to fix or replace the system (Johnson and Flaherty, 2/27).

The Associated Press: Report: Md. Health Exchange Glitch May Cost $30.5M
A problem with Maryland's defective health care exchange could cost the state $30.5 million, because the state is unable to determine whether people remain eligible for Medicaid, according to a report by state budget analysts released Thursday (2/27).

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