Health exchange board extends contracts of 12 contractors

The board of Maryland's health exchange voted Tuesday to extend the contract of 12 companies involved in management of the website where citizens can buy insurance under health reform.

The 12 companies will have their contracts extended through June 30 at a cost of $831,967 that will come mostly from federal money. The companies provide services such as information technology vendor contract management, systems analysis, federal grant management and information technology security support.

The state needed to extend the contracts because of the technical problems that continue to plague the website.

The board also voted to enter into a contract through 2014 with the company that provides the technology for the health exchange call center. Interactive Intelligence Inc. was a subcontractor of Noridian Healthcare Solutions, which the state fired last month. Annual costs could be as much as $493,524, which what the state would have paid if it retained Noridian.

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