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Monday, October 22, 2012
Health Benefit Exchange On Target For Next October
Maryland is still ahead of other states in implementing health care reform, but a few key steps remain, according to officials in charge of the process.
Rebecca Pearce, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange executive director, told members of the Joint Committee on Federal Relations this week that the exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, will be up and running in October 2013, following another round of legislation in the General Assembly.
Individuals and small businesses will be able to go to the Maryland Health Connection website and choose from any number of private insurance plans or a state-selected plan, find tax credits and determine eligibility for subsidies and Medicaid. Pearce estimates between 145,000 and 180,000 people will enroll in the exchange in the first year.