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Documents: health exchange contractors squabbled

A new court filing details behind-the-scenes squabbles among private contractors that contributed to the poor performance of Maryland’s online health exchange.

The papers filed Friday in federal court in Baltimore allege that the prime contractor tasked with setting up the health exchange, North-Dakota-based Noridian Healthcare Solutions, lacked the expertise from the outset to get the job done. The papers allege that Noridian considered backing out as prime contractor back in June.

The allegations are made by a Maryland-based subcontractor, EngagePoint, that was fired by Noridian. The two companies now have competing lawsuits against each other.

The performance of Maryland’s exchange was so bad that Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., proposed that Maryland abandon the state exchange altogether and cast its lot with struggling federal exchange.

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