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Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Fires IT Contractor
Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 03:58 PM EST
The Board of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange voted to end the role of Noridian Healthcare Solutions as the prime IT contractor for the Exchange. Optum/QSSI has been named as the prime IT contractor on an interim basis.
"This transition will support the Exchange's goal of enrolling as many Marylanders as possible in quality, affordable health coverage by the close of open enrollment on March 31," chair of the Board Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said. "The company will bring additional IT expertise to the project, and will contract with key existing subcontractors to improve and maintain the current technology underlying Maryland Health Connection in the short term. These steps will support a smooth transition."
Optum/QSSI is based in Columbia, MD and was hired by the government in October to fix the federal health insurance marketplace.
"Secretary FitzGerald is leading a review of options for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange's IT system after open enrollment ends, and today's announcement does not affect that review," Sharfstein said. "The Exchange is preserving all rights to seek damages against Noridian and its subcontractors for problems with the IT system. "