AG's office to look to recoup funds from contractor of botched health exchange

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Douglas F. Gansler said Wednesday that his office would look into clawing back money from the contractors responsible for problems with Maryland's botched health exchange.

"We as the attorney general's office will undoubtedly be looking into trying to recoup some of the money from the contractors in the months to come," Gansler said, in answer to a question at a newsmakers forum sponsored by The Baltimore Sun.


Top exchange and state officials have said they will investigate problems with the exchange, and pursuing claw backs, after the enrollment process is done in March.

Noridian is the main contractor responsible for building and operating the site, but state officials said software meant to be the centerpiece of Maryland's exchange was not functional and caused many problems with the site.


The program, by a division of IBM called Curam, has also been blamed for problems with Minnesota's health exchange. In January, a Curam error caused 9,000 people to be told their subsidies were higher than they actually were.

The flawed exchange has cost taxpayers $33 million more than expected this year, bringing the state's total annual expense to $138 million.

Gansler also criticized legislators, many who support his challenger Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, for not doing more to hold people accountable for the problems. Health reform was a major part of Brown's agenda in the past couple of years.

"They have no interest in exposing what happened there to the public," Gansler said.