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Md. health secretary: Deal with exchange providers

Tuesday - 1/14/2014, 12:50am  ET

Lt. Gov. Brown defends his role

WTOP's Kate Ryan reports


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's health secretary says an agreement has been reached to retroactively provide health insurance to people who had computer problems when enrolling in the state's troubled online insurance exchange.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said Monday night that the agreement with the exchange's four participating carriers will enable people who could not enroll due to computer glitches to get coverage retroactive to Jan. 1.

He says Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to announce the agreement Tuesday, when lawmakers will consider emergency legislation to help enroll people in a health plan unrelated to the exchange, also a result of the website troubles.

Sharfstein says there will be some operational challenges under the new agreement, but that the state hopes to enroll as many people as possible.

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