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Lawmakers to question Md. health exchange woes

Tuesday - 1/14/2014, 5:37pm  ET

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown speaks during a House Health and Government Operations Committee meeting Tuesday in Annapolis. He asked the committee to approve an emergency bill to help fix the mess created by the state's health insurance exchange website. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

Brown accepts responsibility but says he was misled

Dick Uliano, WTOP

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BRIAN WITTE
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland lawmakers are expected to get an opportunity to ask officials in Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration why the state's health care exchange had such a troubled start.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein are scheduled to speak before House and Senate committees Tuesday afternoon.

Sharfstein says the state has reached an agreement with four participating health exchange insurance providers to allow people who tried to enroll before Jan. 1 to get insured retroactively, if they couldn't get insurance due to problems with the exchange website.

Lawmakers also are considering an emergency bill to enroll people in a separate state health plan as a backup.

Sen. Thomas Middleton, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says he expects the measure will be voted out of the committee on Tuesday.


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