Planning Inquiries

Hearings on Md. health exchange woes put off

The head of the state Senate committee that is leading an inquiry into what went wrong with Maryland's health exchange is planning to turn the probe over to state auditors — who would not release a report until summer at the earliest.

Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, who chairs the Finance Committee, said this week that the panel is unlikely to hold further hearings on the matter this legislative session. His "tentative" plan is to give the mountain of documents that his committee requested from health officials to legislative auditors, who already were scheduled to do a financial review of the exchange this summer.

"It's lots and lots of information," Middleton...