Editorial Questions Maryland’s ACA Implementation Strategy

MACo will be holding two panel discussions on the Affordable Care Act at our upcoming Winter Conference.  Report From the Front: Rolling Out Maryland’s Health Benefits Exchange will focus on Maryland’s implementation of the federal law, including the work of connectors, navigators and the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange to enroll participants in the new healthcare plans.

A recent editorial in the Washington Post critiques Maryland’s implementation,  drawing comparison with other states and describing issues with the State’s contractor and subcontractor, and requesting that the General Assembly investigate the reasons behind the issues. The editorial describes,

States like Kentucky have looked smart in hindsight for developing relatively bare-bones websites and adding functionality as time went on. States like Maryland that attempted more robust sites have struggled.

For more information see the editorial from the Washington Post.