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Congressional committee probes further into state exchange

Maryland is among 17 states a Congressional committee looking into the federal government's oversight of state health exchanges sent letters to asking for new information about how government money was spent.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking for more details on how the states interacted with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and how taxpayer dollars were allocated. A subcommittee recently held a hearing to examine how $5 billion was spent on failed or failing exchanges, but Congressional members said they needed more information.

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A spokesman for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the state's exchange, said they had received the letter and would answer by the Oct. 28th deadline. Maryland's exchange had one of the worst launches in the country and eventually had to scrap the system for one modeled after the one in Connecticut.

The Maryland exchange spent $264.3 million in mostly federal funds through July 2014 to launch, repair and then replace its troubled system. A recent state audit faulted the exchange for a number of fiscal failures, including its oversight of contracting.

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