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Maryland Health Exchange Site: $125 Million+ Down the Tubes.

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It’s official. The board of Maryland’s health exchange site has officially voted to abandon the site and start over. Sarah Gantz reports in The Baltimore Business Journal:

A unanimous vote by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s board on Tuesday confirmed that the state would adopt technology from Connecticut’s exchange, which is considered among the most successful. The board agreed to finalize a contract worth between $40 million and $50 million with Deloitte Consulting LLP, the consulting firm that wrote the Connecticut exchange’s code.

If it were a matter of a contractor who simply didn’t deliver there might be talk about trying to get back some of the money we blew on the failed web site. This is more likely a case where the state is as much at fault for the failure as the contractor.

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