Those facing higher premiums and deductibles will be some of the13,000 Marylanders ,who lost their health insurance, because their carrier, Aetna, won’t be offering plans on the exchange because state officials would not allow the company to charge enough in premiums to recovers the costs of their plans.
Along with higher premiums and deductibles, the Maryland Health Connection’s debut has been less than spectacular. Officials say 16,000 people have submitted applications, but only 1,120 have enrolled in an insurance plan. Glitches plagued the opening week of the site. Officials delayed for hours the opening of the web-based exchange because users could not access the site.
Lt. Governor Anthony Brown,, led the state’s efforts to implement Obamacare and told the Baltimore Sun that the state “stumbled out of the gate.”
Brown, a Democrat, is seeking to replace current term limited Governor, Martin O’Malley. O’Malley promised that Maryland would “lead the nation” in implementing Obamacare.