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Lt Governor Holds Press Conference on State's Health Exchange taken by Jay Baker, mdgovpics via flickr

The second round of open enrollment for Maryland's health insurance exchange starts next month. But what about the state's potential lawsuit against the contractor it fired after last year's problem-plagued opening? WYPR's Fraser Smith talks about the exchange with Meredith Cohn of the Baltimore Sun.

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The Maryland Insurance Administration has posted new rates for next year’s individual insurance plans.

The Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to former patients of a gynecologist who used a small camera to secretly film examinations, in one of the largest sexual misconduct settlements involving a physician.

The Baltimore-based hospital is settling a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women and at least 62 minors; more women will likely register with the suit.

From member station WYPR, Christopher Connelly reports:

Maryland Again Faces Tight Health Care Deadline

May 7, 2014

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about Maryland's construction of a new health care exchange website using software code from Connecticut, and why some say the process has been too secretive.

Maryland is scrapping most of its troubled health exchange website, replacing it with the same IT infrastructure Connecticut built to implement the Affordable Care Act. The state will pay contractor Deloitt Consulting $40 to $50 million to set up the framework that's worked in Connecticut.

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The Senate followed the lead of their House colleagues Wednesday with a unanimous vote to cap out-of-pocket rates for so-called specialty tier drugs. These include treatments for chronic diseases like hemophilia, multiple sclerosis and lupus as well as some cancers and HIV.

State Dumps Health Exchange Contractor

Feb 24, 2014

Maryland has ended its relationship the North Dakota-based company that was the main contractor on the state’s troubled online health exchange.

With a bit more than a month left for people to sign up for health insurance plans set up under the Affordable Care Act, the federal website known as finally seems to be working smoothly — in 36 states.

But what's happening in the 14 states that are running their own exchanges?

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about why the flawed state health insurance exchange might avoid a formal examination until the summer.