After a disastrous opening act for its Obamacare marketplace, Maryland is planning to start over from scratch as soon as the first enrollment period ends Monday.
The Washington Post reported that the Maryland marketplace’s board will vote Tuesday to hire the firm that built Connecticut’s website and bring its technology platform to Maryland.
Assuming the vote goes through, the state will have about seven months, until enrollment begins again Nov. 15, to prepare a new site.
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration spent $125.5 million on the system it is now scrapping, the newspaper reported.
The Maryland marketplace crashed on the day of its launch, and users are still plagued by problems, according to the Post. As of March 22, the state was more than 100,000 enrollees shy of its 150,000 pre-launch goal.
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