Md. health exchange severs ties with Noridian

BALTIMORE - Maryland's health exchange board has voted Sunday to end the role of Noridian Healthcare Solutions as the prime information technology contractor for the much-beleaguered exchange.

State officials made the announcement Monday as a legislative panel convened to hear an update on efforts to fix the exchange.

Exchange officials say Columbia-based Optum/QSSI will transition into the role. Optum/QSSI was hired as the general contractor in December 2013.

The exchange, chaired by state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua Shafstein, says Optum/QSSI will bring additional IT expertise to the project. Exchange officials say the company will contract with key existing subcontractors to improve and maintain the current technology in the short term.

Optum/QSSI was also hired by the federal government to fix its health insurance marketplace website, healthcare.gov.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.
 

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