Health exchange board approves tech purchases for new website

The Maryland health exchange board signed off Monday on most of its technology purchases for a new online marketplace set to launch in November.

The board made the approvals after a closed evening session, bringing the total to be spent over the next five years to more than $96 million.

The new software contracts were made on an emergency basis with Sir Speedy, a printing and marketing firm, and ScanOptics, a content management services company, for $1.3 million.

The board also made contract modifications with Xerox totaling just over $650,000. And it approved contracts with six companies for training and testing over the next year for $3.16 million.

Officials previously approved $41 million for development and $50 million for website hosting, software licenses, planning, rent and other expenses for the next five years of operations. Most of the funding is federal, and the exchange budget and operations require federal approvals.

The new website is being built from technology adopted from Connecticut's exchange and will replace the troubled original one the board ditched earlier this year.

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